January 4, 2021: Buffalo News, “These nursing homes kept Covid-19 out for 7 months. Here’s what caregivers learned” December 23, 2020: WBFO, “‘The light at the end of the tunnel’: NY nursing homes begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine” December 4, 2020: WBFO, “Joe Biden will be the oldest-ever U.S. president. What will he do for older…

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Erin Riker, Esq. Coordinator, CELJ Senior Legal Advice Helpline This page contains information about changes in laws, emergency declarations, and other government actions that affect your life in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.  This page will be updated monthly, or as significant conditions change.  It is current as of 12:00pm on December 16, 2020. …

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. and Liam McMahon, Paralegal Call to action: use your voice to improve long-term care! There have been longstanding issues with transparency and communication on the guidance issued to nursing home and adult care facility providers by New York State and the New York State Department of Health. To assist the…

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On June 15th, in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we held a “virtual” press conference, with videos from elected officials and leaders across the state. All video comments can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.  During the month of June,  communities around the world have the opportunity to promote a better understanding of…

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Yesterday there was uplifting news from the Supreme Court, as it announced a 6-3 ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The decision is a huge victory for the LGBTQ community. However, at the same time, we learned over the weekend that the Trump…

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submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. Each day, we continue to learn more about the widespread impact COVID-19 is having on the world.  With the increased knowledge, comes an increased understanding and awareness of how quickly this virus is able to spread.  Thus, testing is crucial to the efforts to slow the spread of the virus…

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On April 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would be requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While CMS asked nursing homes to submit their first set of data to the CDC by May 17, CMS granted a grace period that…

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Senior woman sitting on the wheelchair alone

submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal On May 8th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services published a new rule for nursing homes that will change what COVID-19 information they are required to report to residents, their family and representatives, and CMS itself. Those requirements are detailed below, along with where residents and family can turn…

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On April 23, Governor Cuomo announced a focused effort by the State Department of Health (DOH) and the State Attorney General (AG) to investigate nursing homes who violate Executive Orders that require nursing homes communicate COVID-19 test results and deaths to residents families. In addition, Governor Cuomo announced that DOH will inspect facilities that have…

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