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Managed Long Term Care at Home:  Proactive Action Required to Expedite Benefits

There are two components to a Medicaid Home Care application: the financial eligibility review and the medical assessment to determine the appropriate number of hours of home health aide services. Recent events have led to a dramatic back-log of medical assessments, causing applicants to incur greater...

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After a 3 day or more in-patient hospital stay, an individual transferred from a hospital directly to a nursing home or rehabilitation center is entitled to Medicare coverage for a certain period of time. However, individuals kept on “observation” status are not entitled to such...

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Bed-Hold: On Hold
SNFs Will Continue to be Paid for Bed-Hold Days Until Further Notice


Governor Cuomo’s goal of saving $18 million annually by eliminating bed-hold was passed in the April New York State budget but is now on hold.  Once implemented, SNFs with a 95% or greater census holding a resident’s bed due to the resident’s hospitalization will no...

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We are pleased to announce that GDGC Partner Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq. received the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law  Outstanding Woman in Law Award for 2017.This is a well-deserved achievement for Melissa in recognition of her continued selfless advocacy for seniors on Long Island and meaningful contributions to the legal community. ...

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Anne Recht, Geriatric Care Manager and CEO of AMR Care Group, will be hosting free consultations at GDGC's Susan C. Snowe Caregiver Resource Center each Thursday in May. 

AMR Care Group's Geriatric Care Managers are trained to assess, plan, monitor and coordinate services for the elderly and their families.



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Tax season is an important time to re-visit the difference between the IRS rules and the Medicaid eligibility rules – in order to avoid potential costly mistakes.

For example, you may want to give a gift of $14,000 to your children and benefit from the IRS annual gift tax exemption.  However, if you need Medicaid coverage within five years, this gift would trigger a waiting period...

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Medicaid Home Care in New York is provided by Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans. MLTCs provide Medicaid home care and case management services to people who need long-term care in the community. The MLTC decides how many hours of care you or your loved one will receive and arranges for that care by a network of providers with which the plan contracts.

While there are many MLTC plans...

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Do you have questions about Assisted Living 
and Home Care?


Representatives from Amber Court Assisted Living and Amber Court at Home are hosting free consultations at GDGC's Susan C. Snowe Caregiver Resource Center in April. ...

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GuildNet, a provider of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC), including home care and nursing home care under New York’s Medicaid program, gave notice to approximately 4,000 Medicaid recipients that they will no longer offer MLTC services in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties.

Medicaid recipients must choose another MLTC before May 18, 2017 to receive uninterrupted services....

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American Health Care Act:

What Seniors and 
Their Loved Ones Need to Know 


The Trump Administration released a proposed plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. If passed, Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) will negatively impact older Americans as outlined below. 

Premiums and Tax Credits:
AHCA provides tax...

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Retirement Assets and 
Medicaid Eligibility 


In order to become eligible for Medicaid benefits for home health care or nursing home care, an individual must have less than the resource allowance amount as set by the State (currently $14,850 for 2017).  However, all assets are not treated the same. 

Retirement assets are in a category of...

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GuildNet, a Medicaid provider of long-term care, has announced that it will no longer accept new enrollees from Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties. (Newsday) 

This may well be a portent of things to come. According to GuildNet, under Managed...

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The Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) is pleased to announce that the organization's headquarters will be moving to a new state-of-the-art facility located at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. Since 1988, LIAF has provided its programs and services primarily at its headquarters in Port Washington, but that geographical location...

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Now that President Trump has been inaugurated, older adults can expect changes to their government benefits, including Medicaid.  Due Process protections have historically allowed those who have planned ahead to be “grandfathered” under the current laws, meaning that the law in effect when they took action will continue to apply to them despite the passage of...

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The New York landscape for older adults may greatly change under a Trump administration.  We will continue to examine the various policies as proposed during the campaign and as they unfold in his presidency. 
Estate Tax

President-Elect Trump has proposed the elimination of the Estate Tax at the federal level. While this may sound like a boon for the wealthy, keep in mind...

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The New York landscape for older adults may greatly change under a Trump administration.  We will continuously examine the various policies as proposed during the campaign and as they unfold in his presidency and provide our insights to you.


It is common knowledge that there is a 5-year look-back period for all applications for Medicaid...

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The Trump Administration: Impact on New York’s Older Adults

The New York landscape for older adults may greatly change under a Trump administration. We will examine the various policies as proposed during the campaign and as they unfold in his presidency.

Medicaid Benefits

Currently, the Federal government and the States share joint responsibility for...

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Holiday family gatherings are not just good for catching-up; they are an opportunity to assess your aging loved one's status and needs. Certain clues can reveal a decline in mental or physical abilities. Below are some red flags to watch out for:

Mom, None of Your Clothes Fit: Changes in physical appearance can often be a red flag for the ill health of a loved one, especially...

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For many years the IRS has had in its crosshairs the valuation discount techniques used to reduce the gift tax value of transfers of interests in closely held businesses to family members. New regulations on this issue have been a high priority for the IRS and on August 2, 2016, the IRS released proposed regulations which impose harsh restrictions on the use of those valuation discounts.

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