All posts by: Jerry

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.

As an elder care law firm, many people think to contact us on behalf of themselves or a loved one when an individual’s health care needs becomes a crisis.  In many cases, this means an individual needing care is age 75 plus and receiving care at home, in an assisted living community, or a nursing […]

Medicare Advantage Plans Expanded Coverage of Health Related Benefits – Does it Create Further Health Care Disparities? Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded how it defines the term “primarily health related” benefits that insurers are permitted to include in their private Medicare Advantage plans.  Insurers would include these extra health […]

Last week we hosted our Inaugural Elder Care Symposium regarding the future of elder care! We had an expert panel that discussed the topic of The Landscape of Elder Care Today & Tomorrow.  All of the panelists agreed that there is too much fragmentation in our current health care system.  An example of such fragmentation is Medicare’s […]

As an elder care lawyer for almost 19 years, I have learned the importance of studying health care delivery systems, specifically related to the delivery of services to seniors. There is no doubt the U.S. health care system can and should improve the health care services provided for an increasingly aging population. In November 2016, […]

The Alzheimer’s Association recently published its 2018 Alzheimer’s Association facts and figures. Among the updated findings include the following: Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the federal government is $1.8 billion An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including nearly 300,000 in the Delaware Valley, are living with Alzheimer’s disease 16 million professionals are providing care for those […]

An article appeared in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times entitled Single? No Kids? Don’t Fret: How to Plan Care in Your Later Years.  The article is about unsupported elders and how they are making plans for the future since they have no network of support.  In essence, this is what we do & why […]

In February, Congress passed and the President signed a sweeping spending bill.  Included in the bill are important changes for Medicare beneficiaries.  Among the positive changes included the repeal of the Medicare Part B therapy caps, the accelerated closure of the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole,’ and the move to make Medicare coverage of speech generating devices […]

I recently returned from a tour of aging services in Israel led by Rabbi Dayle Friedman.  I was the only attorney on the tour.  The vast majority of the 17 other tour participants work as professionals in pastoral care.  I witnessed the beauty of how the pastoral care professionals interacted with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian seniors, many whom were in […]

The Academy Awards will be handed out this evening.  You  probably have heard about or scene all of the movies nominated for best picture, best actor and actress, and best director.  However, you are less likely to have heard about a film nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short subject, Edith + Eddie. The short […]

For those over 90,  a recent study has concluded alcohol to be better than exercise for longevity.  The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity. Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two […]

Long-Term Care in the US, especially home and community based services, is a patch work of funding and staffing.  Public benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid, although state services vary, do not provide 24 hour round the clock care at home.  Our current financing system to pay for services for ill seniors is not adequately prepared to tackle […]

My wife, a very intelligent women, is not a big fan of sports. She intends to go out for dinner during the Super Bowl and could care less about watching our hometown Eagles hopefully beat the Patriots to win their first Super Bowl.  However, for many others, the Super Bowl or other big sporting events […]