by Janie Deleon Male The holiday season can be such a wonderful time for family and friends to share together; it is a time for creating memories and honoring family traditions. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be a stressful and depressing time for many seniors. Seniors can feel confused and isolated during the holidays […]

5 Tips for Medicare Open Enrollment, Oct 15 – Dec 7 If you’re on Medicare, what do you need to do? If you do nothing…you will continue with whatever plans you are currently in and subject to any changes for the new year. If there are changes to your current plan(s), you should have been […]

A Huge Victory for Medicare Beneficiaries: Removal of the “Improvement Standard” By: Jerold E. Rothkoff Some of you may have heard me say this before – That “failure to improve” should not be the deciding factor in terminating an individual’s Medicare skilled nursing benefit.  Finally, Federal officials agree with this statement.  Late last week, the […]

Elder Law Firm Name Changed to Rothkoff Law Group Effective September 1, 2012 our elder and disability law firm has changed our name to “Rothkoff Law Group”. Our new name more accurately represents what our firm has become over the last several years; a comprehensive elder and disability law group where you can consolidate much […]

The Medicare Maze With Congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate in the Presidential election, Medicare will be at the forefront of the political debate through Election Day in November.  Regardless of which party wins the November election, changes to traditional Medicare will be coming in the months and years ahead.  In […]

VA Releases New Medical Forms To Support Faster Claims Processing The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the release of 68 new forms that the agency anticipates will help speed the processing of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims. These forms can be completed by private physicians, eliminating the need for a VA clinic […]

National Healthcare Decisions Day – Free Educational Workshops Monday, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Americans across the country are making their future healthcare decisions known to family and healthcare providers. Join the Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee at Brightview Greentree, 170 Greentree Road, Marlton, NJ from 10 am to 2 pm for free educational workshops. […]

OBSERVATION STATUS: When is a Hospital Stay Not a Hospital Stay? This article is based on my mom’s suggestion. Her Aunt Bea was recently hospitalized and was subsequently discharged to an acute care facility. My mom was wondering why her aunt was not formally admitted as a hospital patient even though she spent over three […]

Update on Veteran’s Aide and Attendance Benefits – Asset Transfer Penalties in the Future There are no current asset transfers penalties in place for VA non-service related disability benefits commonly referred to as “Aide and Attendance”. However, the Veterans Administration intends on placing transfer restrictions on eligibility for Veterans non-service related pension benefits. There is […]

Should I Give My Home to My Children? Should I give my home to my children? Many seniors do just that. Typically, I am asked this question by a client at least twice a week. But it may turn out to be a big mistake. Giving your residence property to your children during your lifetime […]

iPad Applications for Seniors As many of you know, a new iPad hit the market just a few weeks ago. The iPad series is a popular line of tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPad is primarily used as a platform for audio and visual media including books, newspapers, magazines, photographs, […]

Planning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Seniors The New Jersey legislature is currently engaged in a debate about same sex marriage. Regardless of the outcome of the debate, aging and health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults are rarely addressed in services and policies even though diversity is a defining feature […]

The 36-Hour Day: Still a Must Read for the Caregiver Last week, myself and approximately 75 other advanced Elder Law Attorneys from across the US gathered in Grapevine, Texas outside of Dallas to share ideas and information about the future of Elder Law and long-term care in the US. Our keynote speaker was psychiatrist, Dr. […]

2012 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2011: Basic Part B premium: $99.90/month (higher for higher income beneficiaries) Part B deductible: $140 (was $162) Part A deductible: $1,156 (was $1,132) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $289/day (was $283) Co-payment […]

Taking Over Aging Parents’ Finances With the holidays quick approaching, many long-distance caregiver children may be visiting their parents for the first time in several months. The children may suddenly realize their parent is having an increasingly difficult time managing their finances. The goal is to plan ahead to avoid a crisis. As our parents […]