Medicaid Eligibility – Frequently Asked Questions

submitted by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq. Why might I need Medicaid? Even though you might have other health insurance, Medicaid is the primary payor of long-term care services in New York State. Medicaid can help you pay for your general health care costs, but it can also provide services above and beyond what your other…

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Testing for COVID-19: Do I Need to Worry about Medical Bills?

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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Changes to Medicaid Under the New York State 2020 Budget  

submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. The New York State (NYS) Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget on Friday, April 3, 2020.  The budget creates significant changes to the Medicaid program that will greatly impact the lives of many NYS residents.  Particularly, seniors and disabled individuals who are receiving health care services in the community…

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Coronavirus and Telemedicine – What You Should Know

submitted by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Supervising Attorney Please Note: Health care information has been updating rapidly. The information in this post is current as of April 1, 2020. Please check back frequently for relevant updates. What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine (also referred to as Telehealth) refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely, through the…

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Action Alert: Protect Medicaid

YOUR Action is Needed to #ProtectMedicaid in the face of COVID-19. While Governor Cuomo has been a strong leader in battling COVID-19, his administration still wants to move forward with $2.5 billion in cuts to the Medicaid program. These cuts will harm 6.3 million New Yorkers who need Medicaid for their health care, including children, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. We are also particularly…

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Center for Elder Law & Justice invited to provide testimony at State 2020 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing

On Wednesday, January 29th, the New York State Legislature is holding the 2020 Joint Budget Hearing on Health. Supervising Attorney Lindsay Heckler is invited to give testimony on behalf of the Center for Elder Law & Justice, and will specifically address concerns with the lack of transparency and public involvement in the Medicaid budgeting process. Lindsay…

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Medicare Questions by Kate Sullivan Nowadly

Will My Rehabilitation Stay at the Nursing Home by Covered By Medicare? For People with Original Medicare: Many people find themselves temporarily in a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after a going to the hospital- an accident or fall, or perhaps a stroke or a heart attack can cause them to need rehabilitation for a…

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