One Year After Medicaid Law Changes—Where Are We Now? Just a year ago, and by the slimmest of margins, Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate passed new legislation to curtail the availability of planning for eventual Medicaid eligibility. The legislators’ purpose was to reduce the cost of Medicaid to state and local governments, and […]

Medicare Part D Enrollment Period Runs Through Year End Medicare Part D (the prescription drug benefit plan begun last year) includes an annual “election period” from November 15 through the end of the calendar year. Seniors—many of whom struggled to understand the program a year ago and waded through reams of information to select the […]

2007 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2007 numbers for both Medicaid eligibility and Medicare benefits. The numbers below take effect January 1, 2007. 2007 Medicaid numbers Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA): $101,640 Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA): $20,328 Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $2,541/month […]

Use of Care Agreements in Long-Term Care Planning On September 7, 2006, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Who Will Mind Mom? Check Her Contract.” The article discussed care agreements, written contracts in which a caregiver agrees to provide services for an elderly or disabled individual in exchange for a modest salary. Typically, […]

Some Medicare Benefits To Be Means-Tested Starting In 2007 The 2003 addition of prescription drug benefits to Medicare is by now old news, though the program remains bewilderingly complicated to many Medicare beneficiaries. One little-discussed provision of the law, however, will begin to be felt next year by the wealthiest retirees. Though the immediate effect […]

CMS EXEMPTS CERTAIN MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES FROM MEDICAID PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP RULES The July 2006 edition of the Rothkoff Elder E-Newsletter described the guidelines announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with regard to the proof of citizenship requirements for Medicaid eligibility. The proof of citizenship and identity requirements were effective July 1, […]

Medicaid Hurdle for Immigrants May Hurt Others The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) signed into law by President Bush on February 8 contains a little known surprise for many Medicaid beneficiaries. Under the DRA, more than 50 million Medicaid recipients will soon have to produce birth certificates, passports or other documents to prove that they are […]

A Nursing Home’s “Spring Training” by Jerold E. Rothkoff For a baseball junkie like me, February is the greatest month of the year. This is when the following magical words are heard, “pitchers and catchers report.” For those who are not fans of baseball, these magical words mean the start of Major League Baseball Spring […]

Pennsylvania Caregiver Seminar Series Pennsylvania Seminar Series Please join us for the next date, February 15, 2006 at 6:30 pm. Medicaid Home Care Services – Medicaid funding to keep your loved one at home. We will discuss Medicaid benefits available in the community to assist your loved one and give caregivers a needed break. The […]

MEDICAID ALERT By: Jerold E. Rothkoff On Wednesday, February 1, 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (S. 1932) by a vote of 216 to 214. The Senate has already passed the bill by a vote of 51 to 50, with the Vice President breaking the tie. The bill […]

Happy New Year The Law Offices of Jerold E. Rothkoff wishes you a very prosperous 2006. We begin the New Year with significant regulatory changes that will have an important impact on seniors and those with disabilities. Of course, the new Medicare prescription drug benefit began January 1, 2006. The main article of our current […]

Update on Federal Medicaid Reform The House of Representatives, on November 18, 2005 passed by 1 vote their version of the Budget bill. The House Budget Reconciliation bill would cut $51 billion from entitlement programs for low-income children, people with disabilities, the elderly, working families and legal immigrant. The House bill, HR 4241, would make […]