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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submitted by Megan Poynter, Law Student updated October 2nd, 2020 Federal Policy: CDC Eviction Moratorium  On September 1, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services issued an Agency Order eviction moratorium with broad reaching qualifications extending until December 31, 2020. This protection is meant to be a floor – state policy can and…

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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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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. and Liam McMahon, Paralegal Call to action: use your voice to improve long-term care! There have been longstanding issues with transparency and communication on the guidance issued to nursing home and adult care facility providers by New York State and the New York State Department of Health. To assist the…

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submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. Each day, we continue to learn more about the widespread impact COVID-19 is having on the world.  With the increased knowledge, comes an increased understanding and awareness of how quickly this virus is able to spread.  Thus, testing is crucial to the efforts to slow the spread of the virus…

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On April 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would be requiring nursing homes to report COVID-19 information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While CMS asked nursing homes to submit their first set of data to the CDC by May 17, CMS granted a grace period that…

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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. On May 10, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.30 Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency. To summarize, every nursing home and adult care facility is required to test (or arrange to have tested) all staff twice a week, pursuant to a plan…

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