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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.

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 […]

Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare. Unfortunately, it can hurt hospital patients who rely on Medicare for their health care coverage.  People who receive care in hospitals, even overnight and for several days, may learn they have not actually been admitted as inpatients. Instead, the hospital has classified them as […]

A settlement agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to follow a “maintenance coverage standard” under which skilled nursing services would be covered by Medicare if they were necessary to maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent deterioration, rather under a so called “improvement standard.” The federal district court […]

As tax season approaches, caregivers of assisted living residents typically have questions regarding the process for deducting assisted living facility (ALF) costs on federal individual income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, […]

Our Managing Attorney,  Jerold E. Rothkoff, has shared a few highlights of Veteran’s Benefits as it relates to Rothkoff Law Group and our clients.  At Rothkoff Law Group with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we work with a great deal of veterans or widowed spouse of an eligible veteran in conjunction with long-term care […]

The Republicans have determined how they plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Obamacare.  However, they have yet to determine how they plan to replace Obamacare.  Regardless of the Republican’s ultimate replacement plan, at the heart of the plan is likely to be a Medicaid “block granting” proposal.   Blok grants involve the states getting fixed federal grants that would […]

Our 2017 Winter Newsletter is out.  The newsletter includes an article about Jerry Rothkoff’s recent visit to the Netherlands to observe how services to seniors are delivered in another country. Rothkoff Law Newsletter Winter 2017      

Jerry Rothkoff was privileged to have an article written about his evolution as an elder law attorney and the life care planning practice model in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) News  to be published this month.  Jerry wishes to thank Amy Acheson, Esquire, the author of the article.  You can read the article at […]