What is distracted driving? How can we take steps to stay focused on the task of driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. We have all heard the saying “Driving is a privilege not a right”.  If you cannot devote 100% of your […]

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 […]

March was a big month for Rothkoff Law Group. We said good bye to the first quarter of 2017 and welcomed the start of Spring! Spring is a busy time of year for people as the start to shake off the winter blues and plan for the future. It also helps that April is tax […]

“Find the best, most independent care possible and figure out how to pay for it without going broke”. This summarizes our goal as an Elder Law Firm and almost always the goals of our clients and their loved ones.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple goal is exceedingly complex. The focus of Elder and Life Care Planning […]

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 state of New Jersey has many programs and benefits for New Jersey Veterans. There are medical health centers and clinics throughout the state. The state has established programs to assist with Veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder and counseling helplines to assist with suicide prevention and substance abuse treatments. The state […]

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 […]

If a Medicaid applicant gives away assets without receiving fair market value in return during the five year Medicaid look back period, a Medicaid penalty period for the uncompensated transfer of assets will generally result.  The Medicaid penalty period runs prospectively from the date the applicant is determined otherwise eligible for Medicaid. As a practical […]

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 […]

A few years ago, I noticed a woman at church who greatly resembled my Aunt Jean.  I never seemed to have the chance to meet or speak with her and one day, I came upon her obituary in the newspaper.  She had passed suddenly and my first reaction was that I was sorry I hadn’t […]