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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.

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 […]

In the short term, the government shutdown will have a minimal affect on seniors.  Seniors will continue to receive their Social Security income and continue with their Medicare coverage.  For a full list of how the government shutdown will affect you, please click on the below link to a Washington Post article. Washington Post

As I have previously stated, I probably would not be practicing law if I did not practice elder care law. Eighteen years ago, once I started to explore this fascinating, challenging area of practice, I was hooked. Practicing in this evolving area of law provides a high level of satisfaction in knowing we make a […]

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, many people overlook the important role that Medicare played in the Civil Rights movement. By threatening to withhold federal funding from any hospital that practiced racial discrimination, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964, Medicare forced […]

2018 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2018: Basic Part B premium: $134.00/month (was $109.00 in 2017) Part B deductible: $183 (same as 2017) Part A deductible: $1,340 (was $1,316 in 2017) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $335/day (was […]

Republican Tax Plan Will Permit Grandparents To Establish 529 Plans for Grandchild’s K-12 Private School Education The Republican tax plan that was finalized on Friday and expected to become law by the end of the year, contains many provisions that arguably benefit wealthier families.  One of the new provisions involves changes to 529 plan funding.  Under […]

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I saw the new Pixar movie, Coco.  The result of which is now I recall crying watching two animated Pixar films.  Up, my all-time favorite Pixar movie, and now Coco.  Like so many Pixar films before it, Coco indulges the belief that kids know best, while it’s up to adults to come […]