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IMPORTANT NOTICE — For the first time, New York has imposed a “look back” for Community Medicaid. Those seeking Medicaid benefits such as Home Care or Assisted Living Care will be subject to a period of ineligibility if they have transferred ownership of money or property (other than to a spouse or disabled child) after October 1, 2020. The “look back” is 30 months, and it will be phased in.

October 15, 2020 – BREAKING NEWSExtended Opportunity for New Yorkers to Apply for Community Medicaid without being subject to the new 30-month “look back”

New York’s Office of Health Insurance Programs, which oversees the coordination of Federal and New York State programs, announced today that the implementation date for the new 30-month “look back” has been pushed back to April 1, 2021, pending approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”).

Prior to this announcement, applications for Community Medicaid beginning January 1, 2021, were going to be subject to the new “look back.”  Any gifts or uncompensated transfers made on or after October 1, 2020, would result in a “penalty period” of ineligibility for benefits.

The change indicates that, if you complete an application for Community Medicaid services prior to April 1, 2021, you will not be subject to the new “look back” for gifts and transfers of assets.  This is a three month extension.

The change occurred as a result of the extension of the federal public health emergency through January 21, 2021, and the “maintenance of effort” requirement under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Under this requirement, states may not impose new Medicaid eligibility restrictions while the public health emergency is still in effect, or they will lose federal Medicaid funds.

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Please note that articles and videos posted on this website that do not mention the new “look back” are being updated to reflect this important change in New York law.

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As a New York firm, Lamson & Cutner focuses on protecting clients’ money, property, and income, so they don’t have to spend everything down to pay for health care, particularly for long-term care. When you choose to work with an elder care attorney from our firm, you can be confident we will assist you in obtaining the care you need, in many cases by helping you become eligible for Medicaid.

Lamson & Cutner’s focus on health care and asset protection goes hand-in-hand with creating effective estate plans for the firm’s clients.  Your finances, health, and family circumstances are individual and personal.  It only makes sense that your estate planning documents should address and reflect your wishes, your circumstances, and the matters that are important to you.

Lamson & Cutner’s  estate planning services are carefully thought-out and highly personalized.   We do not use computer-generated “one size fits all” forms.   As a result, your Will, Trust, Power of Attorney, or Health Care Proxy will be a clear expression of your individual  goals and wishes.

The lawyers for seniors at Lamson & Cutner provide Elder Law and estate planning services to residents of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties; and, through its office in Harrison, New York, to residents of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties.

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There are many reasons you might need to work with an elder care lawyer. At Lamson & Cutner, our services include:

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Elder law and estate planning are the only practice areas our firm handles. Our intentionally-limited focus means we have deep experience and knowledge about these topics, and can give our clients’ legal matters the kind of detailed attention and focus they deserve. That’s a commitment many other law firms simply cannot meet.

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