The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department is a tragedy and a travesty, an act of unconscionable violence from people we trust to protect and serve our communities.
What makes his death worse, however, is that his circumstances are not unique. Every day across America, Black communities are terrorized by the police, victims of brutality committed under the color of law. Such heinous acts should be punished as the crimes they are, but all too often, perpetrators of police brutality receive no more than a slap on the wrist.
“Change depends on people knowing the truth. Change depends on people speaking that truth out loud. That’s what movements do. Movements educate people to the truth. They pass along information and ideas that many others do not know, and they cause them to ask questions, to challenge their own long-held beliefs. Movements are the way ordinary people get more freedom and justice. Movements are how we keep a check on power and those who abuse it.”
Unita Blackwell, Politician and Activist.
Advance directives are among the most important steps you can take when protecting yourself in the event of possible incapacity. Among these advance directives, two are particularly relevant during the coronavirus pandemic: the healthcare proxy, and the living will. But what are these advance directives, and how do you know which ones are appropriate for you and your needs? Continue reading “Healthcare Proxy vs. Living Will”
Medicaid fraud is a persistent issue across the country, costing state governments billions of dollars every year. It was estimated in a report by PBS that nearly one in every ten Medicaid payments are in some way erroneous and potentially fraudulent. But what exactly is it, and what are you supposed to do if you get charged with it? Continue reading “What Happens if You Are Charged with Medicaid Fraud”
Planning for retirement while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing may seem strange, considering how many people are simply struggling to make it through the current crisis. However, in some ways there has never been a better time to figure out how you intend to care for yourself in your later years, especially if you are approaching retirement age. If you are an older American and wondering how you will manage healthcare costs after you retire, you should consider Medicaid planning as part of your retirement plan. Continue reading “Medicaid Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic”
In a recently issued executive order, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state’s moratorium on rent for an additional two months through August 20, 2020. The moratorium, which began in March, suspended all legal action to evict tenants who fail to pay rent while the moratorium is in effect. While landlords have reacted poorly to the extension, tenant advocates are celebrating it as a reprieve from difficult economic circumstances caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Continue reading “NY Rent Moratorium Extended Through August”
A new law, recently passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will have a significant impact for anyone receiving Personal Care Services or Home Care services through Medicaid. Among these changes are the imposition of a “look back” period for determining whether a person meets the requirements to be eligible for the Medicaid Home Care program. Previously, there was no “look back” period for the Medicaid Home Care program. There are also changes to services under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) and Personal Care Services (PCS). All these changes will be effective October 1, 2020. Continue reading “Recent NYS Law Has Significant Impact for Medicaid Home Services”
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on March 20, 2020 creating a 90-day moratorium on all residential and commercial evictions. In practice, this means that no one in New York State can be evicted from their rented property until at least June 20, 2020. The purpose of the moratorium is to ensure people can remain in their homes and properties during the coronavirus outbreak, limiting the spread of the disease. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo Suspends Evictions During Outbreak”
Right now, people are understandably concerned about their health and the health of their loved ones. When a crisis comes, people want to know that they and the people they care about will be taken care of if they are unable to make their own healthcare decisions. It’s for these types of emergencies that you should consider a healthcare proxy. Continue reading “Is a Healthcare Proxy Right for You?”
Barbara Elaine Smith, more commonly known as B. Smith, passed away at the age of 70 after an eight-year struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. B. Smith was a renowned lifestyle guru, who, among other things, modeled, owned restaurants, designed decorations and authored several cookbooks. She also wrote a book on her Alzheimer’s Disease, titled Before I Forget, with her husband Dan Gatsby, which was published in 2016. Continue reading “Lifestyle Guru B. Smith Dies from Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”
The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act (SECURE Act) was signed into law this past December, and it has potential ramifications for anyone who has a retirement account. In particular, it will have significant ramifications for anyone engaged in estate planning whose retirement accounts may disburse payments after they have passed away. As such, anyone trying to plan their estate with a retirement account should be aware of the impact the law might have on you and your loved ones. Continue reading “SECURE Act Could Have Major Impact on Your Retirement Account”