HUD Affirms Commitment to Protect Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals

submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in a press release that it would withdraw a proposed rule, which, if implemented, would harm transgender and non-binary individuals.  The proposed rule would have permitted blatant discrimination against transgender and non-binary individuals at emergency shelters.  Specifically, the rule…

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CELJ in the News

June 17, 2021: WBFO, “‘It’s about time’: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marks year of attention on older adults” June 17, 2021: Jamestown Post-Journal, “World Elder Abuse Day Press Conference Held” June 17, 2021: Springville Journal, “Senator Gallivan marks Elder Abuse Awareness Day” May 14, 2021: WBFO, “Nursing homes say “safe staffing” bill will hurt…

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COVID-19: What New Yorkers Need to Know

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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Call To Action & Guide for Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility Providers

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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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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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The Trump Administration’s Reversal of Transgender Health Protections

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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Testing for COVID-19: Do I Need to Worry about Medical Bills?

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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Nursing Home Reporting on COVID-19 Released June 4, 2020

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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New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements in Nursing Homes

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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