Family Health Care Decisions Act – Part 2

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Surrogates can make decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment if treatment would be an excessive burden to the patient and the patient is terminally or permanently unconscious, or if the patient has an irreversible or incurable condition and that treatment would involve such pain and suffering that it would …

Family Health Care Decisions Act – Part I

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Family Health Care Decisions Act Under current New York law, if one becomes incapacitated, and is no longer able to make health care decisions, there is no person (spouse, child, or otherwise) who can legally make those decisions. In order to have someone make medical decisions for another in New …

New Bill Affecting Disposition of Remains

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A new bill has passed through both houses of the New York State legislature last week relating to the rights of certain individuals of a decedent to control the disposition of such decedent’s remains regardless of whether of a written document exists. The bill creates a priority list of those …

Medicare Part D – Part 2

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What happens if I have Medicaid?If you currently have Medicaid, you will lose your Medicaid prescription drug coverage on January 1, 2006 and will automatically be enrolled in a new plan through Medicare. In October 2005, letters will be mailed out to Medicaid recipients alerting them which plan they will …

What is Medicare Part D? – Part 1

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What is Medicare Part D?Starting January 1, 2006, Medicare will begin to offer prescription drug plans to help with paying rising drug costs. To be eligible for Medicare Part D, you must be enrolled in either Medicare Part A or B. It is important that you understand the changes affecting …

Time is Running Out! Seminar Invitation

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Medicaid has long served as a safety net for middle class seniors faced with the catastrophic cost of a nursing home. This program is currently under attack and likely to change. Learn how to PLAN NOW before the window closes forever. Don’t limit your options and jeopardize everything you’ve worked …

Facts About Long-Term Care

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Each year, consumers spend about $40 billion out-of-pocket for long-term care services.1 This does not include the cost of informally provided care; about two-thirds of persons with long-term care needs receive services from unpaid help only.2 Advance planning can help consumers age in place and make optimal use of available …

The Long Island Community Foundation

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The Long Island Community Foundation is a part of the nation’s fastest growing form of philanthropy. The LICF is an economic alternative to a private foundation or a commercial gift fund. The Long Island Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Trust, distributes more than $12 million annually …

New Technologies Spot Alzheimer’s Beginnings

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Even without a cure, early detection is important, experts say… Two high-tech brain scans and a new blood test can identify Alzheiner’s linked neurological changes years before actual symptoms arise, researchers report. Besides allowing individuals to begin drug therapy early and not wait for the future, these early -detection tests …

Time is Running Out! Seminar Invitation

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT!The one FREE seminar you CAN’ WAIT to attend. Presented by Davidow, Davidow, Davidow, Siegel and Stern, Long Island’s Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning Firm. Medicaid has long served as a safety net for middle class seniors faced with the catastrophic cost of a nursing …

Democrats to Boycott Medicaid Commission

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Congressional Democrats have found the details of the Medicaid Commission to be established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) so objectionable that they have already announced that they will not fill the four seats reserved to them on the 38-member panel. A Federal Register notice published …

Congress Cuts $10 Billion from Medicaid

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The U. S. Congress agreed this week on a $2.56 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2006 budget resolution that includes a $10 billion cut in Medicaid expenditures over the next five years and $106 billion in tax cuts over the same time period. Because the budget resolution only sets the parameters …

Capital Gains Laws Changing Soon

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A life estate is created when you transfer ownership of your house to someone else (usually your children) but reserve the right to exclusive use and occupancy for the rest of your life. After Medicaid “look-backs” and penalties have run their course, the house is deemed protected from Medicaid, should …

Social Security: Not Just for Retirees

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The rate of return debate diverts attention from the fact that Social Security is much more than just a successful retirement program. Retired workers account for only 29,953,000, 62.8 percent of Social Security’s 47,688,000 beneficiaries. More than 3 million beneficiaries are spouses and minor or disabled children of retired workers, …

Terri Schiavo: The lesson from the loss

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If we can all agree upon one thing, it is that similar situations can be avoided with advance planning and discussion with family members. Elder Law attorneys are uniquely qualified to assist individuals and their families when confronted with difficult decisions regarding medical treatment, or the withholding of medical treatment. …