How Will the Government Shutdown Affect Seniors?

In the short term, the government shutdown will have a minimal affect on seniors.  Seniors will continue to receive their Social Security income and continue with their Medicare coverage.  For a full list of how the government shutdown will affect you, please click on the below link to a Washington Post article. Washington Post

By |2018-02-02T11:30:19-05:00January 20th, 2018|Blog, Health Law|

New Law Allows Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

When I enter our office's conference room to meet a prospective elderly client for the first time, I am not always sure where  I will be sitting.  Mainly because, if the client has a hearing deficit, I want to sit on client's better hearing side. We have a hearing  amplification device with headphones we sometimes give the client, but the best solution to allow proper communication are properly fitted hearing aids. There are significant barriers for seniors to receive hearing aids.  They are expensive, they are not covered by many health plans, including Medicare, are used [...]

By |2017-09-25T15:56:46-04:00August 27th, 2017|Blog, Health Law|

The View From Washington on Medicare and Healthcare Policy

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 and people with disabilities. The power of advocacy and stories of real people in fighting for positive change was a theme heard throughout the day. Speakers called on energized advocates to continue the important [...]

By |2017-04-09T10:31:32-04:00April 9th, 2017|Blog, Health Law|

The Heart of Replace and Repeal – What Are Medicaid Block Grants?

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 be based on the state and federal Medicaid spending in that state. The grant would grow slightly each year to account for inflation. However, the inflation adjustments are expected to be less than the [...]

By |2017-01-28T11:51:25-05:00January 28th, 2017|Blog, Health Law|

2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The Alzheimer's Association has published its 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures.  The updated statistics regarding the financial impact of caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia should be eye opening.  You can read the updated report at the below link. 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

By |2016-04-10T13:01:10-04:00April 10th, 2016|Aging, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Health Law, Law Update|

How to Pay for Long-Term Care? – What the Politicians Are Not Talking About

We are hearing many things from the Presidential candidates, both good and bad.  However, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the one important topic that is not being debated is how an increasing elderly US population will pay for future long-term care expenses.  This is one of the most important public policy issues facing our country.  Yet, politicians are afraid to talk about the issue. Health care costs associated with caring for those with dementia are soaring.  Dementia related costs are now higher than costs associated with both cancer and [...]

Rothkoff Law Group Firm Video

Our goal is to help families navigate the long-term care system.  Please watch our elder law firm video describing what we love to do.  We would like to thank our clients for sharing their stories working with our firm.  It has been a pleasure and honor to work with them as well as all our other clients and their caregiver loved ones. Rothkoff Law Group Firm Video

It is Important to Review and Understand a Nursing Home Admission Contract

It is important for nursing home residents and their families to fully understand what is contained in a nursing home admission contract prior to signing the agreement.  One of the provisions that is likely contained in a nursing home admission contract is an arbitration provision.  Below is a New York Times article regarding whether an agent under a power of attorney has authority to agree to arbitration for a nursing home resident. Our elder care law office provides advocacy for nursing home residents and their families regarding the nursing home admission [...]

By |2016-02-28T09:03:53-05:00February 28th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Health Law, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

The Difficult Choice of Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Home

We work with many families who agonize over the necessity to place a loved one in a nursing home.  It is never an easy decision.  As an elder care law firm, our goal is to help the caregiver loved ones do what is best for the elderly individual, and minimize the financial and emotional impact on a spouse and other loved ones.  The below link is a Washington Post article about this difficult choice. Washington Post Article

Families Need Help Navigating the Long-Term Care System

Our goal, as an elder care law firm, is to help families navigate the long-term care process when caring for a chronically disabled loved one.  An unfortunate example of the complicated long-term care health system is illustrated in a February 7, 2016 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania resident, Charles  Prozzillo, a dialysis patient due to kidney failure, required  ambulance transportation three days per week to a dialysis facility.  Prior to December 2014, the transportation was covered by Medicare.  In December 2014, Medicare began a pilot program in Pennsylvania to cut down [...]

Obtaining Proper Advice When Planning for Your Elderly Loved One

The Importance of Obtaining the Proper Advice When Planning for Your Elderly Loved One More and more seniors and their families are seeking the assistance of a senior professional to help guide them through the maze of long-term care planning options. In many situations in which seniors face the prospect of long-term care costs, Medicaid is a necessary safety net. Medicaid is an extremely complicated yet valuable program that can provide health care services to a senior living at home, in an adult day setting, in an assisted living [...]

Announcing Rothkoff Law Group’s 2016 Focus on the Professional Seminar Series

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional and Caregiver Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2016 seminar series for long term care professionals.  We will continue to offer continuing education credits to social workers, case managers and administrators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Seminars  are scheduled in the morning, afternoon, and early evening (for our popular dinner seminars) to best accommodate your schedule. Please click [...]

Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes

The rising rates of obesity of nursing home resident is creating challenges for nursing homes and their staffs.  The below link from a recent New York Times article discusses the issue. Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes

By |2015-12-20T15:08:13-05:00December 20th, 2015|Blog, Elder Care, Health Law, Nursing Home|

Leaving the Nursing Home During a Medicare Covered Stay

Nursing home residents often want to participate in holiday gatherings but may worry they will lose Medicare coverage if they leave the facility to do so.  Residents and their families can put their minds at ease.  According to Medicare law, nursing home residents may leave their facility for family events without losing their Medicare coverage.  However, depending on the length of their absence, beneficiaries may be charged a "bed hold" fee by their skilled nursing facility (SNF).  The Medicare Benefit Policy Manual recognizes that although most beneficiaries are unable to [...]

By |2015-12-07T14:48:37-05:00December 7th, 2015|Aging, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Health Law, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Potentially Large Increase In Medicare Part B Premiums for 2016

According to the 2015 Medicare Trustees Report, Part B premiums are expected to increase for 30% of beneficiaries by 52% – from $104.90 to $159.30 per month. The trustees also predict that this increase will be accompanied by an increase in the Part B deductible—up to $223 from $147. These are projections; the final numbers have not yet been announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Congressional action is likely required to lower Part B premiums and deductibles. Please contact members of Congress to express your [...]

By |2015-10-04T16:15:35-04:00October 4th, 2015|Aging, Blog, Health Law, Medicare|
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