submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed a new economic stimulus bill that included a second round of economic impact payments (also called stimulus checks or IRS payments). Eligible individuals qualify for up to $600 and with the IRS reporting that two thirds of payments have already been sent, here is…

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Hands of a senior and young person. Young person is comforting the elderly person.

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. Every resident living in a nursing home, regardless whether they are there for a short-term rehabilitation stay or long-term care, has the right to receive a written notice prior to being transferred or discharged to a different facility or location. While many residents voluntarily leave the nursing home, often after…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. Intro: The Community Must Become Involved in the Legislative Process   The growing crisis of substandard care in nursing homes and adult care facilities is not new and has existed prior to the pandemic. New York has ignored the challenges older adults and people with disabilities have faced living in…

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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 Liam McMahon, Paralegal In September of this year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new website called Care Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/). The website is intended to allow consumers, patients, and caregivers to make informed decisions about their healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. In…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. Residents who live in adult care facilities and nursing homes (including for short-term rehabilitation stays) have the right to leave the building and access the community. Access to the community includes: medical appointments, social visits, religious services, gatherings with family/friends, and more. Both New York State (NYS) and the federal…

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Christopher Phillips, Esq. gave a live presentation on how LGBT adults can use health insurance programs to access the Health Care System and live healthier, happier lives. View the powerpoint presentation separately here. Questions?  Income-eligible individuals age 50 years and up who self-identify as LGBTQ+ can contact Christopher Phillips at (716) 853-3087, ext. 283, to…

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During this global pandemic more Western New Yorkers are struggling with issues related to safe and affordable housing, debt, health care and financial exploitation. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has two online screening tools available to connect older adults who may be facing these types of challenges with our office. The New York…

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submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Planning for the future is important.  Life can change in the blink of an eye, so it is important to think ahead and find ways to look after yourself and your affairs.  The decision to put documents in place is a personal one.  The content below provides general information regarding…

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