Elder Law/Medicaid Practice
The Elder Law & Medicaid Practice Group counsels clients regarding the options available for long-term care and advocates on behalf of clients to make sure they receive the maximum benefits legally allowed by government entitlement programs such as Medicaid. Neither private health insurance nor Medicare pay for long-term care for individuals who are no longer able to independently perform the activities of daily living (dressing, eating, bathing, ambulating, toileting). The cost of such care is increasingly expensive. Most Central New York nursing homes were charging more than $300 per day in 2010. Few Central New Yorkers can afford the cost of such care.
Medicaid pays for chronic long-term care if an applicant meets eligibility requirements. Those requirements and the process of applying for Medicaid are among the least understood and most complicated procedures currently facing our senior and disabled populations.
Our practice group is led by Bruce Poushter, Esq., under whose supervision, our team applies complicated Medicaid rules and procedures to our clients' individual circumstances. We recommend asset protection strategies for our clients. We prepare trusts and deeds with retained life use. We help our clients receive the maximum legal benefits allowable from the Medicaid program and protect our clients' assets from unnecessarily having to be "spent down" and exhausted by the cost of long-term care. We prepare and file Medicaid applications and handle "fair hearings" for clients wishing to appeal erroneous decisions on Medicaid applications.
Most importantly, we represent our clients with the understanding that we must protect their dignity as well as their legal rights.
Services We Provide:
- Asset Protection Planning
- Deeds with Retained Life Estates & Powers
- Fair Hearings & Medicaid Appeals
- Long-Term Care Resources
- Medicaid Applications