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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

The Alzheimer’s Association has just released it 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and figures.  The report includes the following information: In 2017, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia cost the U.S. 259 billion; Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.; Alzheimer’s Disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; Since […]

Last week, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, the Medicare Rights Center, and 97 other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership expressing grave concerns with proposals that would radically change Medicaid—a vital safety net that provides quality health care and services for millions of Americans, including 10 million older adults and people […]

On February 16, 2017, the Jimmo v. Sebelius court approved a Corrective Statement to be used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to affirmatively disavow the use of an “Improvement Standard” for Medicare coverage.  The government will use the statement as part of its Corrective Action Plan, which was ordered by the court last […]

Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare. Unfortunately, it can hurt hospital patients who rely on Medicare for their health care coverage.  People who receive care in hospitals, even overnight and for several days, may learn they have not actually been admitted as inpatients. Instead, the hospital has classified them as […]

A settlement agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to follow a “maintenance coverage standard” under which skilled nursing services would be covered by Medicare if they were necessary to maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent deterioration, rather under a so called “improvement standard.” The federal district court […]

As tax season approaches, caregivers of assisted living residents typically have questions regarding the process for deducting assisted living facility (ALF) costs on federal individual income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, […]

Our Managing Attorney,  Jerold E. Rothkoff, has shared a few highlights of Veteran’s Benefits as it relates to Rothkoff Law Group and our clients.  At Rothkoff Law Group with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we work with a great deal of veterans or widowed spouse of an eligible veteran in conjunction with long-term care […]

The Republicans have determined how they plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Obamacare.  However, they have yet to determine how they plan to replace Obamacare.  Regardless of the Republican’s ultimate replacement plan, at the heart of the plan is likely to be a Medicaid “block granting” proposal.   Blok grants involve the states getting fixed federal grants that would […]

Our 2017 Winter Newsletter is out.  The newsletter includes an article about Jerry Rothkoff’s recent visit to the Netherlands to observe how services to seniors are delivered in another country. Rothkoff Law Newsletter Winter 2017      

Jerry Rothkoff was privileged to have an article written about his evolution as an elder law attorney and the life care planning practice model in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) News  to be published this month.  Jerry wishes to thank Amy Acheson, Esquire, the author of the article.  You can read the article at […]

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional and Caregiver Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2017 seminar series for long term care professionals and caregivers.  We will continue to offer continuing […]

We are proud to announce that Melanie Kaplan has joined our office as an associate attorney in our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office.  Melanie Kaplan began her career in Elder Law as a law clerk for a local firm, and upon her graduation from Rutgers University-Newark, she realized this was the area of law she […]

2017 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2017: Basic Part B premium: $109.00/month (was $104.90 in 2016) Part B deductible: $183 (was $166 in 2016) Part A deductible: $1,316 (was $1,288 in 2016) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $329/day […]