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CELJ Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rules

The Center for Elder Law and Justice (“CELJ”) strongly opposes the proposed changes to the public charge rules for immigration, which would add many potentially disqualifying factors to the list used to evaluate applications for permanent residency.  These proposed changes are not based on sound evidence, are incompatible with our citizenship and naturalization policies, and…

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BEWARE OF HOLIDAY SCAMS

By: Helen Ferraro- Zaffram As we enjoy the holidays this season, it is important that we not fall prey to various scams. Unfortunately, once monies are sent or through phishing the perpetrators have our important information, we may never fully recover from the loss. The Better Business Bureau shares information on twelve known scams. They…

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CELJ comments on the Adult Care Facility Regulations.

November 1, 2018 Via email (regsqna@health.ny.gov) and mail Katherine Ceroalo New York State Department of Health Bureau of House Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Unit Corning Tower Building, Rm. 2438 Empire State Plaza Albany, New York 12237 Re: Proposed Amendment of Parts 487, 488, 490 and 494 of Title 18 NYCRR (Admission and Retention Standards for Adult…

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Time to Change: A Social Worker’s Perspective on Domestic Violence

By Katie Earl, LMSW Every day I have the privilege to help older adults in abusive situations. These are individuals who, through no fault of their own, are victimized by someone they know and love. When I think of October, I automatically think of Domestic Violence Awareness Month because of my work. I strongly support…

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CELJ is Hiring!

The Center for Elder Law & Justice, Inc. (“CELJ”) is seeking a dynamic Pro Bono & Community Engagement Coordinator. CELJ is a 49 person nonprofit law office with three offices located throughout Western New York. It is our mission to use the legal system to help our clients live independently and with dignity. About the…

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Marginalizing LGBTQ Seniors Hits Close to Home For CELJ CEO

  My daughter is gay. When she came out to us, her father and I felt that, although she was bound to face discrimination in her lifetime, we knew she was supported by her family, educated on her rights and perfectly able to take care of herself.  We felt that living in New York, her…

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UB Law Student’s Work Instrumental in Federal Court Medicare Win

Chief Federal District Judge Geraci’s January 26, 2018 decision in Elder v. Hargan, Case # 16-CV-290 FPG (WDNY), opens up a new door to obtaining Medicare coverage of medical care in a skilled nursing facility.   Noting the Secretary of Health and Human Services had misinterpreted her own regulations, Judge Geraci found “…[t]he regulations clearly contemplate…

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