In the Past 40 Years...

Frank By Attorney Franklin J. Hickman


Forty years ago I was sworn in to become a newly minted attorney in Ohio, with the sole ambition of doing battle for the rights of people with mental disabilities.  There have since been many fights on many fronts - the only constant has been continual change and a realization that you can never predict where your efforts will lead.   Forty years ago it was inconceivable that institutional care would be largely replaced by a system which gave individuals funding with the freedom to pick services and providers while living in the community. Here are some of the highlights:


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From Our Blog: New Medicaid Program Begins

Many Ohioans can now obtain health insurance beginning January 1, 2014, through the expanded Medicaid program.  In the past, one had to be disabled and have both limited income and assets to qualify for Medicaid.  The expanded program is entirely income-based; it removes the disability requirement, and disregards an individual's assets.


To be eligible for coverage, one must:


December 2013 Issue 



Attorneys Janet Lowder and Lisa Montoni Garvin have been selected for inclusion in 2014 SuperLawyers.






Hickman & Lowder is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education opportunities for social workers and informative talks for community groups. 


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May 2014 bring joy, health, and happiness to you and your entire family.

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