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 With the recently updated guidelines for visitation from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), many residents living in nursing homes or adult care facilities (facility) and their loved ones have had many questions. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has prepared a fact sheet on…

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submitted by Megan Poynter, Law Student updated January 26, 2021 New York State Specific Policy New York State Senate, Bill Number S.9114/A.11181 https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-covid-19-emergency-eviction-and-foreclosure-prevention-act-2020 On December 28, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. This act prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination, and negative credit reporting related to…

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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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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 Lindsay Heckler, Esq. On September 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new nursing home visitation guidelines that replace and supersede all previous rules pertaining to nursing home visitation. The CMS guidance was issued shortly after the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued its own update to…

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submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. and Liam McMahon On September 15, 2020, the NYS Department of Health released updated guidelines for Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation. The first update to visitation guidelines is facilities must have no new confirmed staff or resident COVID-19 reported cases for 14 days. (The prior threshold for visitation was 28 days.)…

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submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. The recent return to school for many as well as the continued return to the workplace is bringing about questions relating to the availability of coronavirus testing. While testing continues to increase across New York State, health insurance coverage for tests only remains available for medical purposes. Federal guidance requires…

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submitted by Kevin M. Quinn On June 30, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the New York Tenant Safe Harbor Act (the Act), which provides further protections to tenants suffering from financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act prohibits courts from ever evicting residential tenants who failed to pay their rent during the…

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