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Jun 19, 2013, 18:03 ET from ProfNet

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Placing Mom on Medicaid
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"Mom has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and will need long-term care. Health care costs are skyrocketing. What do families need to know about planning when a medical emergency or a catastrophic illness strikes? Regarding Medicaid eligibility and benefits -- who should apply and when?"
Fatoullah is available to discuss the topics that arise when caring for a parent. He is the founder and managing attorney of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, a New York law firm that exclusively focuses on the legal and financial challenges of aging: elder law, estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, asset preservation, probate, wills, trusts, guardianships, veteran planning, and planning for same-sex couples.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Supreme Court Decision on Human Gene Patents
Lori Andrews
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
"The Supreme Court has liberated human genes. This decision is great news for patients, doctors, and scientific researchers. Half of geneticists were impeded in their research by gene patents. Now they can begin the search for cures."
In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that human genes were not patentable since they are products of nature and not inventions. Andrews filed amicus briefs in the trial court, appellate court and the U.S. Supreme Court representing medical organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Human Genetics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She argued that a patent on genes was not only legally inappropriate, but also a threat to public health. For the past 10 years, Andrews has studied the impact of gene patents on health care and scientific research, receiving grants from the federal Department of Energy Human Genome Project and from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Media Contact: Gwendolyn Osborne,

SCOTUS Gene Patent Case
Barbara Evans
Co-director, Health Law & Policy Institute
University of Houston Law Center
"The decision makes sense, but it is a major change that has the potential to upset business expectations of biotech firms that have structured their businesses on the assumption that genes are patentable. One hears dire forecasts that invalidating gene patents will put a halt to biotechnology investment and innovation. Frankly, those fears seem overblown."
Evans is available to explain the issues involved in the case, as well as what it means for research companies and the average citizen after the U.S. Supreme ruled that companies cannot patent human genes.
Media Contact: Carrie Criado,

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision on Patent Case
Sapna Kumar
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
"We expected there to be a divided opinion from the Supreme Court on this issue. At oral argument, there wasn't a consensus regarding how to promote innovation while prohibiting something from nature to be patented. Instead, the Supreme Court issued a decisive opinion, where it unanimously held that isolated DNA is not to be patentable under the Patent Act. I think that several of us were expecting the court to use a fuzzy balancing test instead."
Kumar is available to speak about the Supreme Court's decision in the gene patent case.
Media Contact: John T. Kling,


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