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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.

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 […]

It has become increasingly difficult to navigate the health care system.  Especially if you are older and have multiple chronic illnesses.  Specifically, it means that if you’re hospitalized, you have a good chance of being treated by a physician you’ve never met and undergoing questionable tests and treatments that might end up compromising your health.  It […]

On November 1, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data on staffing levels in U.S. nursing homes.  Staffing is key to the quality of care and safety provided by a nursing home.  CMS has released, for the first time, information on nursing home staffing that is based on payroll or other auditable data […]

Lost amid the uproar following recent news reports that GOP lawmakers are considering capping pretax 401(k) contributions at $2,400 annually — compared with $18,000 currently — was some good news from the IRS, of all places. The tax agency has announced new, higher contribution limits in 2018 for various retirement savings accounts. Individuals who participate […]

We regularly assist a child in caring for an aging parent.  Our elder care law office helps the family navigate the long-term care process by providing access to home and community services including VA benefits, Medicaid benefits, and advocacy to get the best care for your loved one. The current  issue of Consumer Reports Magazine gives some excellent advice to caregiver children attempting to […]

The availability of care in a home and community setting is of the upmost importance for seniors and those with disabilities.  However, in many states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are serious barriers to accessing the needed community services. As a result, Consumer Voice has created a new guide – “Understanding and Advocating for […]

Pursuant to the Social Security Administration, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  […]

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial, long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year on average nationally.  However, in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas, average annual nursing home costs already exceed $100,000 up to at least $150,000 […]

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and several other Caribbean islands, emergency preparedness, especially for the vulnerable adult population, has become a priority. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care has put together a list of resources relating to emergency preparedness and the vulnerable adult […]

Last week, on September 21, the world observed World Alzheimer’s Day, a day in which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s and related dementia is a world health care crisis. It has become an increasing challenge to adequately provide services to those with dementia living […]

Rothkoff Law Group Proudly Announces Opening of Office in Mercer County, NJ Effective September 15, 2017 Rothkoff Law Group is proud to announce  the opening of our Mercer County, NJ office.  We will be accepting appointments in the Mercer County office effective September 15, 2017 to serve the elder care law needs of those in Northern Burlington […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under Medicare’s skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits when a beneficiary needs skilled care in order to maintain function or […]