Legislation introduced by New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Aileen Gunther to establish nursing home staffing ratios doesn’t go far enough to protect New York’s seniors. The bill (S6346-Rivera/A7119-Gunther) is a step in the right direction, but community advocates for older adults share several major concerns with the legislation, and believe it would…

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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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submitted by Kevin Quinn, Esq. CELJ has recently learned of several recent incidents where scammers have come to an individual’s home, insisting that they purchased the property in a foreclosure auction, and have demanded that the individual vacate the property immediately. Neither the City of Buffalo nor Erie County have held a foreclosure auction recently. …

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submitted by Jessica Tiburcio, Law Student Losing a loved one is one of the most tragic imaginable experiences. If you have lost a loved one or loved ones to a COVID-19 related issue, you may qualify for certain eligible funeral expenses under FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. FEMA Funeral Assistance helps with the cost of…

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Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 2, 2021 NYS Department of Health (DOH) released an updated guidance for visitation in adult care facilities. This update comes just a week after DOH released an updated guidance for nursing home visitation. This new guidance for adult care facilities supersedes and replaces any previously issued…

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