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As of early 2018, about 229,000 New Yorkers received health services through the state managed long-term care (MLTC) plans. These plans allow patients to use Medicaid or Medicare to receive home health care. The goal in many cases is to keep patients in their homes as long as possible, so home health care is an […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Know the Facts

July 13th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

New York Elder Law Firm

The United Nations designates each June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The UN recognizes that elder abuse is a problem on a global scale, especially with the older population growing substantially in almost every country in the world. Elder abuse also seems to be a “taboo” topics in many parts of the world. […]

Estate Planning Issues for Divorcing Spouses

July 6th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

New York Estate Planning Law Firm

There are many considerations when you and your spouse divorce. Divorce will divide your marital property and debts, determine custody schedules for your children, and much more. You should also always revisit your estate plan upon a divorce. While contacting an estate planning lawyer may be the last thing on your mind in this already […]

Nursing homes, assisted-living centers, and similar facilities can cost their residents a lot of money. As a result, many people rely upon Medicaid coverage to pay for long-term care, either for themselves or for loved ones. Medicaid, however, is a form of social welfare designed to help low-income individuals meet their healthcare needs. As a […]

As in previous years, much of New York State’s 2018-2019 enacted budget focuses on healthcare spending. This year enacts several important updates, but you should understand in particular the new “lock-in” provision for people enrolled in managed long-term care (MLTC) plans. No “lock-in” previously existed—New Yorkers who enrolled in managed long-term care plans could change […]

The recently adopted 2018-2019 New York State budget contains a number of significant amendments regarding healthcare in New York. As in prior years, the bulk of the budget focused on Medicaid funding, but many of the recent changes came in response to anticipated cuts to Medicaid at the federal level. One change is of particular […]

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June 18th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

As many as five million cases of elder abuse are reported to the authorities each year. Unfortunately, most cases of elder abuse probably go unreported. Because June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we here at Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman and Kutzin, LLP, would like to take this opportunity to call attention to this important topic. The […]

New Medicare Cards Are On the Way

May 25th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

To reduce fraud, the federal government began issuing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries. In 2014, the government counted about 2.6 million instances of identity fraud, a 20 percent increase from 2012. The government found that many seniors were easy prey for scammers who stole their Social Security numbers and committed identity theft. Some opened financial […]

Additional information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Copayment and premium amounts for 2018: Part B premium: $134 per month on average. If your income is above $85,000 (single) or $170,000 (married couple), then your Medicare Part B premium may be higher. Co-payments: Inpatient hospital deductible: $1,340. Inpatient hospital copay for days 61 – 90: […]

Five FIDA Plans Closed in Early 2018

May 18th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Choosing healthcare as a senior requires taking a series of complicated actions, especially for those who are “dual eligible”—that is, eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. You must sign up for Medicare or Medicare Advantage, find a prescription drug plan, and if you need long-term care services, enroll in a managed long-term care (MLTC) plan. […]