Last week, you may have read Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, overturned his Land Rover in a car crash on a rural road north of London.  He was unhurt; two women in an oncoming minivan suffered scrapes and a broken wrist. It is not known exactly what happened or […]

Medicare is currently in the process of sending new cards to all of their enrollees with new unique Medicare numbers.   The new Medicare identifying numbers will no longer contain social security numbers, in an ongoing effort to prevent identity theft.  You can learn more about this process at www.medicare.gov. Pennsylvania Medicaid/Community Health Choices (CHC) Update […]

According to the Kaiser Health News, Medicare has recently lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage. Medicare […]

Father’s Day typically gets outshined by Mother’s Day, at least if you compare the two days based upon consumer spending.  A Father’s Day gift you may want to consider is the new nonfiction book, “Pops”, by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Chaban.   “Pops” is a collection of seven essays on fatherhood, each of which shines […]

Are Non-Attorney Medicaid Advisors Engaging in the Unlicensed Practice of Law? Practicing law without a license in the State of New Jersey is a crime, subject to prosecution.   On May 16, 2016, New Jersey’s Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, which is appointed by its Supreme Court, issued an opinion concerning permissible and impermissible activities of non-lawyer Medicaid […]

          Janie DeLeon Male, our Director of Care Coordination, regularly prepares notes to the file subsequent to her meetings with clients.  I spend about an hour on the weekend reviewing her very detailed notes in order to be aware of the issues involving each of our clients. Janie, along with our other two care coordinators, […]

Sometimes it takes a child to make a difference.  A perfect is example is Nike’s latest footwear, the Zoom Soldier 8, is designed for people with disabilities. The Zoom Soldier 8 story began back in 2012, when Matthew Walzer, a 16-year-old who lives with cerebral palsy, wrote a letter to Nike asking the company to consider […]

Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit Not Counted as Income for Medicaid Eligibility On February 6, 2015, a consent order was filed in the New Jersey federal district court concluding a hard-fought class action lawsuit. In the Order, the State of New Jersey agreed to amend its Medicaid program on a State-Wide basis to exclude VA […]

2015 Professional Seminar Series – Morning, Afternoon and Evening As you may know, for the past eight years, our Elder Law Firm has offered CEU seminars in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are pleased to announce the beginning of our Professional Dinner Series in 2015.  The Dinner Series seminars will include networking, dinner, and […]

Expanded Eligibitly for New Jersey Home & Community Based Medicaid As we have previously advised, the State of New Jersey has announced that it intends to expand the income eligibility requirements for seniors and those with disabilities living in a community setting. The State of New Jersey recently announced that effective December 1, 2014, seniors […]