Articles for Seniors

As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, Congress eliminated certain Medigap plans that cover Medicare Part B deductibles and other expenses owed by Part B policyholders. The federal law will no longer allow insurance companies to offer certain Medigap programspolicies—such as Plan C or Plan F—starting in 2020. As part […]

During his first year in office, President Donald Trump has worked to reduce as many federal regulations as he can. There are pros and cons to any federal regulation. Opponents and supporters will continue to debate the prudence of these measures, but in the meantime, real lives are affected by the removal of safety protections. […]

Starting on May 1, 2018, Medicaid subscribers in New York state will see drastic changes to their appeals process. These changes place more procedural requirements on those seeking to appeal Medicaid determinations. An experienced New York elder law attorney can help Medicaid subscribers who need assistance with their Medicaid appeals. For decades, the elder law […]

For many New Yorkers, Medicaid benefits are a vital part of their overall health care plan. Maintaining these benefits are a crucial step toward ensuring they and their families receive needed medical care. However, some Medicaid recipients must first apply for Medicare as a condition of their eligibility for Medicaid. The experienced New York elder […]

The new tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law in December 2017 contains many controversial provisions. American taxpayers must carefully examine them to determine how these changes will affect them. One important provision has received little media attention but has the potential to help Americans with high medical bills. The attorneys at Goldfarb […]

How to Pay a Live-In Home Health Aid

January 26th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Many adults with health issues require around-the-clock assistance—at least when they are awake. While some people will move into long-term care facilities, many others will want to remain in their own homes where they feel most comfortable. The home health care industry provides important assistance to those adults who want to stay at home but […]

Exempt Transfer of Home to a Caretaker Child

January 22nd, 2018 by David Goldfarb

A Great Incentive for Caring for Your Parent in the Family Home Many of our clients and their adult children are concerned both with the escalating costs of long-term health care and the quality of the care. An adult child that becomes a caregiver for a parent is one way that families deal with these concerns. […]

ABLE Accounts in New York

January 19th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

If you are a disabled individual in New York and you exceed certain asset restrictions, you will lose eligibility for important government benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, while such individuals must save money for qualified expenses, many people do not know how to go about saving without losing their benefits […]

Know Your Rights: Observation Status

January 12th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Medicare has limited coverage for nursing home care.  Also, Medicare will only cover care you get in a nursing home if you first have a “qualifying hospital stay.” A qualifying hospital stay means you’ve been a hospital inpatient for at least three days in a row. Your doctor may order “observation services” to help decide […]

The Jimmo Case and the Medicare Improvement Standard

January 5th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

A settlement agreement in the 2013 case of Jimmo v. Sebelius clarified the “improvement standard” that Medicare used when determining when to grant benefits for skilled nursing care, outpatient therapy, or home health care. Now, anyone seeking benefits for these types of care should fully know their rights under the agreement. Prior to the case, […]