New York Medicaid Update: Countdown to Home Care Changes

Thursday, September 17
12:00-1:30 p.m. ET
Louis W. Pierro, Esq.
Vincent J. Russo, J.D., LL.M., CELA
Donald Mustico, Esq.
Sean M. Hanrahan, J.D.

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2020/09/17 12:00 PM EDT

What You’ll Learn in This Webinar

The window of opportunity is closing soon for elder law attorneys in New York to take advantage of generous Medicaid home care benefits for their clients. On October 1, drastic changes take effect that will severely limit access and eligibility, primarily by instituting a new 30-month lookback period for asset transfers and altering the standards for medical qualification.

During this webinar, we will cover the most up-to-date information on the scheduled phase of the rules from the NYS Legislature and Department of Health, and the ramifications for both clients and attorneys. We will also outline strategies available through ElderDocx® to create short and long-term planning opportunities for New York Medicaid.
Topics Covered: 
  • Explanation of the New York Medicaid changes and expectations for the phase in of drastic new rules, to include a 30-month lookback and resulting periods of ineligibility; new medical standards involving ADLs; new independent advisory panels to establish eligibility instead of patient’s physician, etc.
  • How to calculate the penalty period for home care resulting from the new lookback rules
  • How to market the changes to clients and keep Medicaid business coming in
  • Planning strategies through ElderDocx® to create new opportunities for your elder law practice
Who should attend this webinar?
Attorneys and paralegals who assist clients with planning for and accessing New York Medicaid.

About the Presenters

Louis W. Pierro, Esq.
Pierro, Connor, & Strauss

Lou is founding partner at Pierro, Connor, & Strauss, and concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Business Succession Planning, and Elder Law. He has chaired the NYSBA Elder Law Section; the Estate Planning Committee and the Committee on Taxation of the Trusts and Estates Law Section; and the Long-Term Care Reform Committee of the Elder Law Section; and serves on the Executive Committee of both Sections. Lou is a frequent lecturer on estate planning, tax planning, and issues that affect the elderly and their families on the state, national, and collegiate levels, serving as adjunct professor at Sienna College from 1987-1995.

Vincent J. Russo, J.D., LL.M., CELA
Russo Law Group, P.C.

Vincent is the managing Shareholder of Russo Law Group, P.C., Long Island’s Signature Elder Law, Special Needs and Estate Planning Law firm with offices in Garden City, Islandia, Lido Beach, and New York City, New York. . He has championed the rights of seniors and people with special needs since 1985 and is Founding Member, Fellow and Past President of NAELA and a charter member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners. Vincent is nationally recognized for his contributions and achievements in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. He is a Founding Member and Past Chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section, Founding Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter and Co-Founder of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He is a co-author of the New York Elder Law Practice.

Donald W. Mustico, Esq.
Donald W. Mustico, Attorney at Law
In addition to practicing law Don is also a Certified Public Accountant. While serving four years in the US Air Force, Don married his wife Judy and in 1970 together they headed off to the University of Notre Dame on the adventure of their (or at lease Don’s) lifetime — “Go Irish”. With Judy pushing Don all the way he graduated “magna cum laude” from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 with a degree in Accounting from the Business School, having received the Indiana Association of Certifies Public Accounts award as the Outstanding Senior Accounting Student in the graduating Class of 1972. With Judy’s support, Don then went on to Notre Dame Law School graduating in 1975. Following law school Don was hired by the international accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand CPA, which at the time was the largest public accounting firm in the world, to work in their Tax Department. Don and Judy eventually returned to Don’s birth place, Elmira, NY, to be closer to family and to work with his uncle, Louis J. Mustico, Esq., a prominent Elmira Attorney who was a Partner with the Personius, Mustico, Sullivan and Prechtl Law Firm. In 1981 Don later established his own Law Firm and CPA office in Elmira. With the help of a great staff working for him, Don practiced law and accounting as a solo practitioner for 16 years until he merged his practice into the Ziff Law Firm in 1997. In 2008 Don returned to private practice in his current firm as it now exists.
Sean M. Hanrahan, J.D.
Donald W. Mustico, Attorney at Law
Sean is an attorney at Donald W. Mustico, Attorney at Law. In 2008 in conjunction with Don, Sean coordinated the transition from the Ziff Law Firm partnership to Don’s private practice and became a critical part of the current law firm as it exists now. In tandem with his full time position at Don’s law firm, Sean was able to complete his undergraduate degree in Accounting, graduating from Elmira College with High Honors in 2012. Sean continued his education at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 2015. Sean works in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Administration of Estates and Trusts, Tax Planning, Business Succession Planning, and heads our Tax Department.

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