Articles for Seniors

The Center for Medicare Advocacy reports that on June 15, 2018, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized proposed changes to Obama-era policy on nursing home quality enforcement. According to the Center and other resident advocacy groups, these changes will likely lead to a greater risk of resident harm. The changes to the […]

Nursing Home Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community

August 24th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Nursing home abuse occurs for many reasons. If you are a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) community and are an older adult, you may be concerned about suffering abuse in a nursing home because of your sexual orientation—and you are not alone. According to The National Long-Term Care Resource Center, 89 […]

At Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP, all-too-often we hear from older adults who have been denied home care that should be covered by Medicare because of a provider’s overly restrictive interpretation of the rules. In many cases, providers tell patients that they no longer qualify for care because they are no longer “homebound” because […]

Financial elder abuse affects untold numbers of older adults every year. Fortunately, under a new law, recently signed and set to take effect September 2018, older adults will have a new weapon in their arsenal in the fight against this type of abuse. The federal Public Law 115-174 amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act to […]

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

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. […]

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 […]