November 6, 2020: Buffalo News, “Covid-19 outbreak slowing at Williamsville nursing home, but 8 have died” October 20, 2020: WXXI, “Nursing homes have relied on lawns and patios for visits. What will happen as weather grows colder?” October 12, 2020: WBFO, “Will New York follow New Jersey in raising nursing home wages, capping how much…

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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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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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