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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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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submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized Economic Impact Payments to many in the country. Individuals who live in nursing homes are eligible to receive the Payment, and since Medicaid is the primary payer of nursing home care, the majority of nursing home residents will likely…

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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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New York State recently released each county’s individual death statistics due to COVID-19 from nursing homes and adult care facilities. This information is accessible here: https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/diseases/covid-19/fatalities_nursing_home_acf.pdf The Center for Elder Law & Justice is grateful to the Governor for taking this first step in keeping nursing home residents, their families, and the public informed. However,…

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submitted by F. Alex Fehrman, Esq. With the escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the state, there has been a lot of confusion over the past few weeks when it comes to homeowners making their mortgage payments. As an attorney who focuses on foreclosure prevention I have received many questions on this issue over the…

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submitted by Christopher Phillips PLEASE NOTE: This blog provides general information on Medicare coverage of hospital and nursing home services, from the perspective of a hypothetical patient. Should you have additional questions regarding your specific coverage, please feel free to contact the Center for Elder Law & Justice at (716) 853-3087, or our Legal Advice…

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