Medicare Observation Status: Beware of this Coverage Pitfall

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 Medicare coverage. Imagine that your loved one was in the hospital for … Continue reading Medicare Observation Status: Beware of this Coverage Pitfall

GuildNet Discontinuing Managed Long Term Care Business on Long Island and Westchester Counties

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 … Continue reading GuildNet Discontinuing Managed Long Term Care Business on Long Island and Westchester Counties

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 their own. A qualified retirement … Continue reading Retirement Assets and Medicaid Eligibility

Legal Alert Managed Medicaid Provider GuildNet Not Accepting New Patients on Long Island

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 Medicaid, the reimbursement rate is too low to sustain care to patients and too low to pay health care … Continue reading Legal Alert Managed Medicaid Provider GuildNet Not Accepting New Patients on Long Island

Your Social Security Statement: What Is It and Why Should You Save It?

This is the time of year when recipients of Social Security will receive an annual benefit statement from the Social Security Administration. This year’s benefit statement will show a mere 0.3% cost of living increase. Do not throw this statement away!  This document is very important should you need to apply for government benefits (i.e., Medicaid, … Continue reading Your Social Security Statement: What Is It and Why Should You Save It?

The Trump Administration: Impact on New York’s Older Adults – Medicaid Home Care Benefits

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 … Continue reading The Trump Administration: Impact on New York’s Older Adults – Medicaid Home Care Benefits

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

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 administering and … Continue reading The Trump Administration: Impact on New York’s Older Adults – Medicaid Benefits