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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.

Decision in Alexander v. Price Means Medicare Patients Could Gain Right to Appeal Placement on “Observation Status” and Avoid Large Medical Bills On July 31, 2017, a Connecticut federal district court issued decision  certifying a nationwide class of hospital patients who may gain the right to appeal their placement on observation status.  In Alexander v. Price, 3:11-CV-1703 (MPS), Judge […]

Jerry Rothkoff was named by SJ Magazine as a 2017 South Jersey “Top Attorney” for excellence in the area of elder law.  Lawyers on the “Top Attorneys” list were voted by other attorneys in South Jersey and described by the publication as “standouts in the legal arena” and “esteemed attorneys who have risen to the top and continue […]

It is fascinating when traveling to other countries to witness innovative ideas, especially regarding aging issues.  An example is from a recent visit my wife and I made to Toronto, Ontario.  While traveling around Toronto, we saw artistic creations of brains scattered in different parts of the city.  We learned that these brains were created to raise awareness regarding […]

12 members of our office attended the 20th annual PA Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg, PA on July 20-21, 2017.  Jerry Rothkoff was a featured Institute presenter to elder law attorneys throughout Pennsylvania on topics including “Incorporating Health Care Advocacy into Your Elder Law Practice” and “The Unauthorized Practice of Law”.  Pictured are our firm team members attending […]

Our daughter, Liza, entering her sophomore year at Hofstra University, is interning at our office this summer. She assists with opening files and scanning documents into our system, and is in the field with out geriatric care coordinators one day each week. After her first week, her first observation was how busy we all were […]

A recent study emphasizes the importance of caregivers obtaining support.  According to a recent study by UC Berkeley, patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They […]

I am not I favor of the proposed Senate healthcare bill in its current form.  However, I believe there is some good news that has come out of the debate on the healthcare bill.  The current debate has brought out the importance of Medicaid to many lower and middle class families.  It is my hope that those […]

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 […]