Confronted by the government, section holds its ground

first_img August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Confronted by the government, section holds its ground Confronted by the government, section holds its ground Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Little did Scott Solkoff realize when he became chair of the Elder Law Section that he would wind up summoned to the Capitol and threatened with criminal prosecution.The government accused him — and Florida’s other elder law attorneys — of illegally helping qualify rich clients for Medicaid.Solkoff countered that elder law attorneys are simply doing their duty to advise their clients on how to protect their life savings so they can qualify for needed insurance through the Medicaid program and receive needed health care without becoming impoverished.“It was a call to courage and a call to principle,” Solkoff told members gathered at the Elder Law Luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando June 24.“I was never prouder of this membership when we voted as an executive council that our clients will always come first. When we look at reforms to the Medicaid program, that even if it meant we were going to negotiate ourselves to a worse position business-wise, if we would lose money because we would end up solving the problems that we help people with, that we would prefer that fate. So we recognize that we are advocates, above all, rather than a trade organization.”Here’s what happened, according to Solkoff, a Boyton Beach attorney who is the son of Jerome Solkoff, a founding member of the Elder Law Committee and the second chair when it began as a section:On March 9, he and then-Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson were called to a meeting at the Capitol by the office of the secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration.When they walked into a conference room in the Office of the Attorney General at the Capitol, Solkoff said in an interview, “It turned out to be an ambush.” In the room were high-ranking officials from the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Elder Affairs, the Office of the Governor, and AHCA.One government official, he said, was holding an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal and the accusation was that “those elder law attorneys are qualifying those rich clients for Medicaid.”“It took an hour from us educating them,” Solkoff said. “The tone in that room was completely changed after we left.”In summing up their argument, Solkoff offered this scenario:“If you have a married couple who saved up to $200,000 throughout their life, one needs nursing home care that costs $5,000 a month, they will be completely wiped out and the other spouse has nothing. What we do is protect what they have saved, and so they can qualify for Medicaid for care, and use their own dollars to pay for what Medicaid doesn’t cover.“We tried to turn the discussion around that we are not nefarious attorneys trying to bilk the system, but that this is a real social problem that people are facing.”What started with threats of criminal prosecution ended in a changed tone of agreeing to work together to solve the problem, he said.“I say with no ego that I felt that I was at my very best that I have ever been that day,” Solkoff told the elder law attorneys at the luncheon.“It was largely because the words coming out of my mouth were your words, and the words I had heard from all the seminars I attended, and from listening to my father. I was able to explain to the government that we weren’t crooks; we are actually helping people and we are following the law.“I commend this membership for standing strong this year and for being able to talk to the government in a way that was respectful, but not cowed,” Solkoff said. “doing that, we were able to mend fences and help educate people.”During his term as chair, Solkoff created the Joint Public Policy Task Force, a combined effort of the section and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.Lauchlin Waldoch, a co-chair of that task force, praised Solkoff and Johnson for their efforts on the issue.“On that particular issue, I had a very good meeting,” Waldoch said. “The Attorney General’s Office has told us unequivocally that we are not on their radar screen. We are not even on their list, not even at the bottom of the list. So we are going to use that as an opportunity. They have asked us to work with them on a going-forward basis.”The section also now has two lobbyists.“There is a strong likelihood of a special session on Medicaid in October or November,” Waldoch said. “So we’ve got a very, very busy time ahead of us in the next four or five months.”The section’s goal, Solkoff said, is to work with the legislature “to ensure that there is a government system that provides for the health care for people who need it. It’s rather basic. You have people who have worked all their lives and saved their small fortune, and they will lose it all and then be totally reliant on the government dole. We want to make sure there is a health care system in place that doesn’t require total impoverishment.”The section’s new chair, Chris Likens, said, “I am sure Scott had absolutely no clue what was coming ahead,” when he became chair.last_img read more

Ex-Dean Sentenced for Drugged-driving Crash that Killed 2

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Suffolk County Community College associate dean was sentenced Monday to four to 12 years in prison for driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed two men two years ago.Robert Beodeker had pleaded guilty in April at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide and driving while ability impaired.“This defendant’s disastrous decision to drive while high on crystal meth resulted in the tragic loss of two innocent lives,” said Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Aquebogue man was driving a GMC pickup truck along the Meadowbrook State Parkway when his truck struck a disabled vehicle parked on the side of the roadway on March 4, 2013.Two men who were fixing the vehicle, 76-year-old John Elder of Freeport and 65-year-old Edward Ross of North Bellmore, were pronounced dead at the scene.New York State police arrested Beodeker, who was found to be high on methamphetamine at the time.last_img read more

Google never publicly admitted it but the company

first_imgGoogle never publicly admitted it, but the company always had designs on Dart ultimately supplanting JavaScript as the preferred programming language for complex modern Web development. So when the Dart team announced the Dart VM would not be integrated into Chrome and the language would compile to JavaScript, it was less an admission of defeat than an acceptance of reality.JavaScript is as entrenched as it’s ever been, and it’s poised to write the next era of Web applications with June’s impending release of ECMAScript 6. Dart’s about-face in strategy makes sense.As far back as its 2010 plan for “Dash,” which ultimately became Dart, Google’s strategy has been to build a clean, high-performing and semantically simple language that—rather than compile to JavaScript like all the other popular superset “-Script” languages out there—would boast such high performance that developers would write code in Dart instead of JavaScript.The browser and developer adoption simply hasn’t materialized. Through the language’s 1.0 release, incremental versions and Ecma standardization, Dart’s developer popularity peaked in late 2014 at No. 17 in TIOBE’s language popularity index. Less than six months later, it has fallen out of the Top 50. All the while, Dart’s foundational ideas—a more flexible and modular syntax, streamlined code execution for larger Web applications—have influenced the ongoing development of ECMAScript 6 and helped shore up many of JavaScript’s perceived shortcomings as a language. Web developers are getting the faster, more versatile and more capable programming language Google envisioned; it’s just not Dart.In an early 2014 story on the interplay between Dart and ECMAScript 6 for the future of Web development, ECMAScript project editor Allen Wirfs-Brock talked about Dart’s ambitious path. Google bet on wide Dart adoption from the ground up, rather than taking the superset road of CoffeeScript, TypeScript and even the company’s own Angular framework, now to be written in TypeScript.“There are two paths someone developing a language might take,” said Wirfs-Brock. “The strategy of having a language work on top of JavaScript is an easier in. Building a language and using JavaScript as a hosting environment and virtual machine, all you need to do is get people interested. Trying to bypass and get new languages built into base layers of a Web platform is a much harder path to take, since everyone who creates major browser frameworks needs to decide to adopt that technology. It’s a pretty high bar to set.”The Dart team’s announcement confirms Google’s continued commitment to Dart, which is widely used in Google Ads, in a more complimentary role focused on optimizing JavaScript application performance.last_img read more

The venerable NetBeans Java IDE has joined the ran

first_imgThe venerable NetBeans Java IDE has joined the ranks of the Apache Software Foundation’s many Top-Level Projects (TLP), following its version 11.0 release earlier this month.  “Being part of the ASF means that NetBeans is now not only free and Open Source software: it is also, uniquely, and for the first time, part of a foundation specifically focused on enabling open governance,” said Geertjan Wielenga, vice president of Apache NetBeans. “Every contributor to the project now has equal say over the roadmap and direction of NetBeans.”NetBeans, the open-source Java development environment, tooling platform and application framework, joined the Apache Incubator in October 2016. The project was begun as a student project in what is now the Czech Republic and acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999. The company open-sourced the project in 2000, and became part of Oracle after it bought Sun in 2010. Scoped Storage: updates and best practices for Android Q beta 3Android announced updates and best practices for Scoped Storage in Android Q’s beta 3 release in response to user feedback. Scoped Storage takes the fundamental principle from Application Sandboxing, which is to  isolate apps to protect them from any malicious apps, according to the company. As users update their existing app to work with Scoped Storage, they’ll be able to use a new manifest attribute to enable the new behavior for the app on Android Q devices, even if the app is targeting API level 28 or lower. Also, Scoped Storage will be required in next year’s major platform release for all apps. The list of best practices includes how to store shared media files, store app-internal files, work with permissions and file ownership, work with many files efficiently, integrate with the system file picker and more. The full list of updates and best practices can be viewed in this post. Rust releases Rust 1.34.1 and rustup 1.18.1The Rust team updated its Rust programming language to version 1.34.1 as well as a version 1.18.1 for the rustup installer. The patch fixes two false positives and a panic when macros were checked in Clippy, a tool that provides a collection of lints to catch common coding mistakes. Meanwhile, the patch for rustup fixes an issue that introduced regression which prevented installing Rust through the shell script on older platforms. Now, rustup the issue, avoids forcing TLS v1.2 on the platforms that don’t support it.The full details of the fixes can be viewed in this post.last_img read more