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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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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July 4, 2020: The Seattle Times, “Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes” June 9, 2020: Niagara Frontier Publications, “Virtual activities planned for World Elder Abuse Awareness” June 3, 2020: KenTon Bee, “Spindle: Remote counsel” June 1, 2020: Buffalo News, “Cuomo administration won’t say when nursing home visits will resume” May 30, 2020: Lockport…

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Free legal services are in imminent danger of facing devastating cuts. We are deeply concerned about the potential $8.4 billion cut in the New York State Aid to Localities budget, which could gut civil legal services across NYS. These services help individuals and families obtain vital resources, such as healthcare, critical benefits, safe housing, stable income,…

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced the creation of an independent commission to address safety & quality in nursing homes, that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Center for Elder Law & Justice welcomes the commission and are pleased to see…

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Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a focused effort to investigate nursing homes when they violate new requirements that impact resident safety (see https://elderjusticeny.org/new-york-state-nursing-home-inspections/). The state should focus on nursing homes that have a history of poor infection practices and insufficient staffing. In the August 2019 report from Long Term Care Community Coalition, 16 nursing homes in…

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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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