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The implementation of Paid Family Leave in New York State may help individuals who are caring for elderly family members.  However, it does not eliminate problems for the working elder caregiver.  In fact, not planning ahead can cause even more headaches for an elder caregiver who is requesting time off under Paid Family Leave.

It is critical that your aging loved ones execute...

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Paid Family Leave:
What Does it Mean for Employers & Employees?
July 12, 2017 at 8:00AM

 

 

GDGC Partner Melissa Negrin-Wiener will serve as a panelist at this important SHRM-LI seminar covering the legal, financial and insurance components of the...

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New York State is one of the first states in the nation to enact a paid family leave benefit law and to expand the definition of family caregiving to include elder care.  Governor Cuomo’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law applies to all businesses, regardless of size, and will be phased in over the next four years beginning in January 2018.

This is a groundbreaking benefit for family and...

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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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LEGAL ALERT:

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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