Erin Riker, Esq. Coordinator, CELJ Legal Advice Helpline This blog entry 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 is a rapidly developing situation, so this article will be updated regularly as conditions change.  This entry is current as…

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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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May 7, 2020: Buffalo News, “New York doesn’t count nursing home workers infected by Covid-19”  May 6, 2020: WBFO, “WNY has at least 150 deaths across 24 facilities, but death toll may be even higher” May 6, 2020: WBEN, “Is vaccine needed for nursing homes to reopen?” May 6, 2020: WBEN, “Attorney Lindsay Heckler of…

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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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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized Economic Impact Payments to many in the country. Individuals who live in nursing homes are eligible to receive the Payment, and since Medicaid is the primary payer of nursing home care, the majority of nursing home residents will likely…

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Legal advocacy is essential. Our licensed attorneys and paralegals use the justice system to help our clients obtain vital resources, such as health care, safe housing, stable income, and freedom from abuse. Civil legal services lawyers are an important part of the human services community and, unlike criminal matters, there is no civil right to…

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submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. The New York State (NYS) Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget on Friday, April 3, 2020.  The budget creates significant changes to the Medicaid program that will greatly impact the lives of many NYS residents.  Particularly, seniors and disabled individuals who are receiving health care services in the community…

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Submitted by: Tracey Casseus, Staff Paralegal As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the globe and throughout the United States, many of us are concerned about what will happen to us if we get sick. During this uncertain time, it is important, now more than ever, to create an advance health care directive in case you…

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New York State recently released each county’s individual death statistics due to COVID-19 from nursing homes and adult care facilities. This information is accessible here: https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/diseases/covid-19/fatalities_nursing_home_acf.pdf The Center for Elder Law & Justice is grateful to the Governor for taking this first step in keeping nursing home residents, their families, and the public informed. However,…

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