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On June 15, 2015, the New Jersey Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved a bill that will exempt up to $500 per month from being considered as part of the Medicaid five-year look back. The purpose of the proposed law, A-3760, is to allow residents applying for long-term care not to be penalized for making small gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, […]

On June 23, 2015, the Jimmo Implementation Council convened at the US Capitol in Washington, DC sponsored by the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA).  According to CMA “The purpose of the Jimmo Council is to nurture a community of experts committed to working together to implement the Jimmo v. Sebelius Settlement – to open access to Medicare and […]

Does It Have to Be this Complicated? by Jerold E. Rothkoff             Last month, during a client meeting, I was attempting to explain to a client’s family why part of the client’s income must be placed into a trust in order to become eligible for Medicaid assisted living coverage in New Jersey.  As I was […]

New Law on New Jersey Hospital Discharge Planning As an elder and disability law firm which engages in health care advocacy, our firm recognizes the importance of proper discharge planning. Now, the State of New Jersey has recognized the important role of a spouse, relative or a friend when a patient is discharged from a […]

Important NJ Medicaid Update – Expanded Eligibility for New Jersey Home & Community Based Medicaid Benefits One of the major downfalls of Medicaid coverage for long-term care is that the majority of funds are used for care in a nursing home setting. Thankfully, New Jersey has recently taken steps to attempt to rebalance Medicaid coverage […]

A Life Well Lived

October 1, 2014 Article

A Life Well Lived By: Jerold E. Rothkoff Last month, our long-term client, Bob, passed away. At the beginning of our representation, we emphasize to the client or family that our goal is building a relationship with the client. We do not typically assist a client in an individual transaction. Our goal is to help […]

Pennsylvania is enacting broad changes to the law governing powers of attorney. House Bill 1429 (HB 1429) was unanimously passed by the state House and Senate in June 2014 and was recently signed into law by Governor Corbett. The new law will require careful study by attorneys and other who draft POAs in Pennsylvania.  Among […]

Why Elder Law? By: Jerold E. Rothkoff This is a question I get asked usually weekly.  To adequately answer the question requires a reflection on my previous 15 years in the wonderful field of elder law. In 1999, prior to opening my own elder law office, I represented a spouse being sued for her husband’s […]

Update on Removal of Medicare’s Improvement Standard The federal government’s Medicare agency, CMS, has recently released revisions to its program manuals and related instructions that will make it easier for chronically ill individuals to get Medicare coverage. The program manuals and guidance are used by Medicare providers and contractors in determining an individual’s eligibility for […]

We are very pleased to welcome to our office Linda Lawrence and Amy Jo Gradel to or elder & disability law office. Linda Lawrence will serve as our client relations coordinator.  She will likely be the first person you will speak with when calling our office.  Linda brings over ten years experience working with seniors […]

The Affordable Care Act:  What You Need to Know By: Jerold E. Rothkoff To say the least, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”, “ACA” or “Obamacare”) has had a bumpy ride thus far.  However, it is the law of the land, and will effect elder law and long-term care planning […]