In New York, Identity Theft Is Elder Abuse

Erin Riker, Esq. – Technology-Based Legal Services Attorney New York has recently enacted legislation that legally classifies identity theft against an older adult as elder abuse. Although identity theft has always been illegal, this legislation gives the Office for the Aging and non-governmental agencies additional authority to provide services for seniors who are victims of…

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Nursing Home Staffing Bill Needs More to Protect Seniors

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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Housing Unit Eviction Moratorium Guide 

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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New York State Department of Health Updates on Visitation for Adult Care Facilities and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq. On September 9, 2020 the NYS Department of Health (DOH) released updated guidelines for Adult Care Facility visitation and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation. The major update to the visitation guidelines is facilities must have no new confirmed staff or resident COVID-19 reported cases for 14 days. (The prior threshold…

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Testimony to the NYS Legislature

Attorney Lindsay Heckler is providing testimony today before the Joint Legislative Committees on Aging, Health, and Investigations and Government Operations on New York Residential Health Care Facilities and Covid-19. The growing crisis of substandard care in nursing homes and other residential settings is nothing new. The pandemic has exacerbated these issues and brought long overdue…

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Improve Adult Care Facilities

A.4416C (Gottfried) / S.3460A (Rivera) provides important consumer protections to residents and their families by deterring the worst abuses in Adult Care Facilities.  The Center for Elder Law & Justice is urging our state legislators to support A.4416C / S.3460A in an effort to improve Adult Care Facilities, benefiting the lives of New Yorkers residing…

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The Trump Administration’s Reversal of Transgender Health Protections

Yesterday there was uplifting news from the Supreme Court, as it announced a 6-3 ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The decision is a huge victory for the LGBTQ community. However, at the same time, we learned over the weekend that the Trump…

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