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David CutnerTuesday, September 26, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Via Zoom Meeting

In April 2020, New York’s legislature voted to enact numerous significant restrictions on the state’s Medicaid program.  These new restrictions will affect many thousands of New Yorkers who require long-term care services in the community, once they go into effect.

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the implementation of the new rules, but several are now scheduled to go into effect in November.  Other changes are scheduled to go into effect in 2022, although the exact timeline is still under active discussion.

Mr. Cutner will discuss the current state of the implementation process, and how the changes are likely to affect those who need long-term care going forward.  He will also set aside time to take questions.

The most visible change is an upcoming 30-month (2 1/2 year) “look back” on transfers for people who are applying for Medicaid services in the community.  This is brand new.  In New York, only institutional (nursing home) Medicaid has had a look back.

The new look back and the other new rules and restrictions will materially increase the challenges for seniors seeking to access the Medicaid program to pay for their long-term care.  That’s why, for anyone who needs long-term care in the community, taking action now to access Community Medicaid services will be highly beneficial.

Once the changes go into effect, Medicaid benefits will of course continue to be available, but the implementation of the new rules is likely to be uneven and changeable.  Medicaid will need to educate its staff, and how the rules are applied may differ from county to county.  Approvals are very likely to take longer.

Going forward, the guidance of an experienced Elder Law attorney will be even more crucial for those needing long-term care, who are at risk of losing their life’s savings.  A good firm will be able to stay on top of the status of the changes, and can help facilitate the Medicaid application process and other steps that need to be taken.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the changes to this important government program, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones under the new rules.

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