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 […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Awards Reception @ NJ Law Center On December 4th, Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer. Esq was invited to attend the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Awards Reception in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ms. Fearn-Zimmer received awards for […]

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 […]

As our loved ones age their need for healthcare and personal assistance tends to increase.  Whether your loved one is in the early stages of dementia, undergoing short term rehabilitation after a hospital admission, or in need of long term nursing home care, accessing the best care and figuring out how best to pay for […]

By Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esquire Clients frequently want to know whether they may make gifts to their children and grandchildren for birthdays, holidays or to assist the child financially.  It is not uncommon to encounter confusion between the federal gift tax regulations with the Medicaid regulations, which are two entirely distinct sets of rules. Many […]

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 […]

With 2017 winding down, it is a good time to review your life care goals, including financial, personal, and legal. 1. Financial Review Meet with your financial advisor to review your personal finances.  The items to discuss vary depending on your age and health.  However, it is always a good idea to review the composition […]

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 […]

Those with special needs are often eligible for or already receiving public benefits such as income benefits and Medicaid.  However, eligibility for these benefits is often “means tested”.  In other words, if an individual has money he or she is not eligible for these benefits.  This can be a problem for parents or grandparents of […]

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 […]

As the internet becomes increasingly central to the lives of many Americans, seniors, too, are developing a larger presence online. Online shopping, dating, news and politics, and social media outlets are just a few of the mediums seniors are participating in via the internet. We can even grocery shop online through a growing number of […]

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 […]