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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.

Eight months after publishing a final rule on the Revised Requirements of Participation for Nursing Facilities banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and family members, CMS is issuing new proposed regulations that rescind resident protections against these arguably unfair provisions. According to CMS, it “now believe[s] that an outright ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements […]

The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer’s Disease jumped by 54.5 percent over 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 93,541 deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, a rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 44,536 deaths in 1999, a rate of […]

Effective April 1, 2017, the State of New Jersey has increased the Medicaid penalty divisor to $423.95 per day.  This means that for every about $13,000.00 that is gifted within the Medicaid five year look back, New Jersey will impose a one month period of Medicaid ineligibility. The Medicaid divisor increased from $332.50 per day to $423.95 […]

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.  The emerging crisis is driven by low wages, partly funded by state Medicaid programs — and a shrinking pool of workers willing to perform this physically and emotionally demanding work: helping […]

To end National Pet Month, I am republishing our story about our dog, Bobby the Pug, originally published in 2006.  Bobby has been gone over 10 years, but our family will be forever blessed by his memory. Bobby The Pug:  Life lessons Learned, by Jerold E. Rothkoff “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment […]

Our entire elder law team considers it a privilege and high honor to be able to assist the elderly and those with disabilities in navigating the long-term care system.  With this privilege comes great responsibility. As an attorney, my duty is to advocate to the best of my ability for each individual client.  However, as […]

On March 30, 2017, Jerry Rothkoff traveled to Washington, DC to attend the fourth annual National Voices of Medicare Summit sponsored by the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  The Summit convened leading experts and advocates to discuss best practices, challenges, and successes in efforts to improve and expand fair access to health care for older people […]

Although the Republican health care plan was defeated, we still have work to do to have an optimal health care system for all Americans.  The Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare still needs improvement.  The existing American health care system is extremely complex. More than 57 million seniors and disabled adults depend on Medicare, but too many people […]

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 […]