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COVID-19: How to Access Medicaid Home Care

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We at the Russo Law Group are very concerned about the impending changes to the NYS Medicaid Home Care Program Effective October 1, 2020.
You still have time to transfer your assets (such as your residence) into a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust prior to October 1, 2020 to avoid these new transfer penalty rules for homecare in the future.
We also urge anyone you know who may need Medicaid home care services to contact us immediately so that we can apply before December 31, 2020 (before the new rules are implemented).

The Time To Act Is Now!

For more information, view our recent webinar on Medicaid Home Care by clicking below.
We are available to help you with your long-term care needs.
We have expanded our office hours to ensure that we can implement your long term care plan before October 1st.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Stay Safe and be Well,
Sincerely Yours,
Vincent J. Russo, JD, LL.M, CELA
Managing Partner
Vincent hosted a Facebook Live Event to answer any questions on the changes to Medicaid. During the session, Vincent discussed:
  • COVID-19 Medicaid Alert
  • 7 Step Process to Medicaid Home Care
  • Comprehensive Planning
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Vincent J. Russo joined Hilary Topper to address common questions from her community on her New York Lifestyle Bog.

Vincent addressed topics such as; What documents should you have in place if you have an elderly parent?, What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?, and What is the difference between Assisted Living and Indepentd Living?

The attorneys at Russo Law Group are available to answer your questions, please call us at 516-683-1717. We hold free virtual bi-weekly seminars on topics in the areas of elder law, special needs planning and estate planning. View upcoming webinars and sign up here.

 

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Julie AllegrettiWe are pleased to announce that our Community Relations Director, Julie Allegretti, has earned the prestigious Corporate Citizenship Award—Leadership Excellence from the Long Island Business News. This award honors companies and individuals who have consistently demonstrated community stewardship by building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations dedicated to meeting the critical needs of our community. You can learn more about Julie and her commitment to giving back to the community here.

Participate in the Week of Giving and the Virtual Awards Celebration

The Long Island Business News (LIBN) has partnered with Triple Crown Charity fundraising to help participating Corporate Citizenship Awards honorees support their causes. Julie has chosen the Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation (TARF), which fosters the unique abilities of children with special needs through direct support and programs focusing on art, music, dance, drama, and recreation.

You can help support TARF, or any of the participating charitable organizations, during LIBN’s Week of Giving. From September 14 – 18, a charity auction will raise money to be donated to participating Long Island charities.

On Tuesday, September 15th at 4:00 p.m., LIBN will host a virtual awards celebration honoring Julie and other Corporate Citizenship Award recipients. Don’t forget to tune in to this annual salute to the nonprofit leaders and their for-profit partners who are committed to giving back to our community.

We hope you participate in the Week of Giving. The pandemic and economic downturn have hit many local nonprofits hard. Your help is needed now more than ever. You can take part in the auction by clicking here.

Do you enjoy friendly competition, supporting a great cause, and golf? 

Join us on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York for the 23rd Annual Swingin’ Fore Theresa Golf Outing!

A schedule of the day’s events and more information can be found here.

Funds raised during this event will allow the Theresa Foundation to provide scholarships for students at the Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) for summer camp and respite on the weekends.

 

Don’t feel like golfing but still want to support the cause?

Join us at the gala reception that same evening (October 8, 2020) at 5:30 pm. During the reception, there will be a chance auction, silent auction, and live auction.

If you are unable to attend, you can also support the Theresa Foundation by donating a gift or basket for any of the auctions, purchasing raffle tickets, or by becoming an event sponsor.

For additional information or to register, click here.

Announcing New Videos Daily!

Please join Vincent during the week at 10 a.m. Est on Facebook for his three minute “Check in with Vincent” videos. On Wednesday’s, Vincent along with his partners at the Russo Law Group will focus on important legal matters.

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Check-ins with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram Youtube and LinkedIn.

“Check-in with Vincent”

Day 100 – June 30, 2020

Public Restrooms During COVID-19

Vincent shares with us a poem sent to him from his friend. It is a hopeful poem that reminds us of the human spirit and the Vincent share his experience while traveling during COVID-19. He answers the important question, is it safe to use a public restroom while traveling during COVID-19?

Song of the Day: “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window”


Day 101 – July 1, 2020

Protect Your Settlement

Vincent shares going forward his Wednesday check-in will be about a legal topic.Today, he asks those who have settlements that they are properly managed and that you consider 3 things.

Song of the Day: “You Never Give Me Your Money”


Day 103 – July 3, 2020

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Today, Vincent reflects on why our neighborhoods are so important. He shares the beautiful neighborhood of Lido Beach.

Song of the Day: “Be my Neighbor”


IEP is an acronym for Individualized Education Plan. It is a document required for any child over the age of three years old who qualifies as a student with a disability. Prior to three-years-old, a child with a disability will have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The main difference between an IEP and an IFSP is that the latter has a family-centered focus whereas an IEP is school-focused. There is also a distinct difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan. A 504 plan, describes accommodations that will help the student succeed in the classroom and follow the curriculum – but without changing the curriculum itself. So let’s focus on an IEP…

How is an IEP Created?

A child must first be evaluated and if developmental delays are identified, then an IEP will be written. The IEP will have an appropriate section for each team member, such as: speech pathologist, occupational therapist, special education teacher, and so forth.  A multidisciplinary team works together to create the IEP. This team may include: educators, school psychologists, developmental professionals, counselors, and most importantly parents/guardians. The IEP is created to support a child as a student and member of the classroom, therefore, the goals will have a strong focus on academic improvement and the school environment.

After a parent/guardian meeting and approval, the IEP will then be finalized by the team, with signatures from all parties including the parent/guardian, and put into action. Once the parent/guardian grants written permission in agreement with the contents of the IEP, it becomes a legally binding document and the child is deemed eligible for special education services as outlined in the document.

It is incredibly important for parents/guardians, as the child’s biggest advocate, to be in full agreement with the content of an IEP before signing.

What does a good IEP look like?

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is just that: individualized. No two children’s IEP’s should look alike. It is a unique set of goals designed specifically to aid in the development of a particular child.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, public law 101-476) is a federal special education law enacted in the 1970s that provides students with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). IDEA was amended in 2015 with the Every Student Succeeds Act, public law 114-95.

The format and content of an IEP can vary from state to state and district to district however, IDEA mandates that the following components be included:

  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement/Performance: Summarizes all aspects of a child’s present levels of performance and provides the foundation upon which all other decisions in the IEP are made. It includes scores on standardized exams and assessments, reading levels, teacher observations, etc. This section identifies a child’s current academic achievement and functional performance thereby identifying and prioritizing the specific needs of the child.
  • Related Services:Based on the child’s evaluation, any recommendations for related services such as speech therapy, PT/OT, counseling, or other services will be outlined.
  • Measurable Annual Goals: These are goals for each subject or content area that the child is anticipated to meet by year-end. Annual goals are the larger stated goals specific to discipline or skill such as speech and language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, or social-emotional development. The goals listed under “Benchmarks/Objectives” are achieved through service delivery, which is represented in a clearly marked section of the IEP. The benchmarks are the smaller goals that will build-up to the larger annual goal.
  • Modifications: These can include extended time on tests, preferential classroom seating, testing in smaller groups, transportation needs, etc.
  • Participation with Children without Disabilities: This is where it would be explained if there are any circumstances where the child will not participate with typically developing children in classes and activities. Remember: the goal is for the child to be in the least restrictive environment (LRE). For some children that is a special education classroom and for others it is a general education classroom with an aide, among many other options. Never forget the IEP is individualized and tailored to meet each child’s specific needs.
  • Additional Individual Accommodations: This can include other accommodations that do not fall into the aforementioned categories including medical needs, use of assistive technology, etc.

TIP: Keep in mind that measurable goals are academic goals for your child which allow the parent/guardian, the school, and all others involved to speak the same language and to move forward together as a team. The goals must be specific and measurable to be effective.

Sometimes there are goals that benefit multiple children and educators might re-use goals. There is nothing wrong with that as long as the goals on your child’s IEP reflect your child. Be cautious of typos such as misuse of pronouns, it can be indicator that the specialist has copy and pasted an already created goal into your child’s IEP. Again, if the goal applies to your child there is no reason why it can’t be used, however, proceed with caution and review the document carefully.

An IEP meeting is held annually with all members of the child’s team. Goals are reviewed, and modifications or amendment possibilities are explored. Student progress, growth, data, and anticipated needs for the following school year are considered. A new IEP will be drafted for the next calendar year, and the process repeats itself each year until a child no longer qualifies for or needs services.

What are the child’s and parent’s rights?

Due Process refers to procedures that, by law, are used to ensure your child with a disability’s rights to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and your rights to be involved and have a full understanding of that process.

You have the right to be fully informed. You must be notified in your preferred language or mode of communication of your rights in the decision-making process.

You have the right to participate. This includes your right to: bring other people to meetings who have the knowledge or special expertise regarding your child, have meetings scheduled at a time that works for you, and have an interpreter if you need one.

You have the right to request a certified Parent Member attend the IEP meeting. You must request a certified Parent Member at least 72 hours before the scheduled date of the IEP Meeting. This person is your advocate and can help you better understand the content of the IEP and can support you throughout the meeting.

You will be asked to provide consent to the content of the IEP. Consent is voluntary. Providing consent means that you understand and agree, in writing, to the actions outlined in the IEP. Once signed, the IEP becomes a legally binding document. Do not sign the IEP if you do not understand or agree with its contents.

If you do not agree to the contents of the IEP, you have the right to challenge the school’s decisions and recommendations regarding your child. If you refuse to sign the IEP then it will go to mediation. A mediator helps you work with the school to come to an agreement about your child’s education plan. If an agreement cannot be met, there will be an impartial hearing. An impartial hearing officer listens to both sides of the disagreement and decides what, if anything, went wrong and how to fix it.

You have the right to an appeal. You can appeal the decision of an Impartial Hearing Officer. You can ask for the court to review the decision. You can also oppose appeals made by the Department of Education.

IEP meetings occur annually, however, you have the right to request one at any time.

Another helpful resource to help navigate the IEP process is the U.S. Department of Education’s Guide to the Individualized Education Program. Which can be accessed here.

Announcing New Videos Daily!

Please join Vincent during the week at 10 a.m. Est on Facebook for his three minute “Check in with Vincent” videos. On Wednesday’s, Vincent along with his partners at the Russo Law Group will focus on important legal matters.

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Check-ins with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram Youtube and LinkedIn.

“Check-in with Vincent”

Day 92- June 22, 2020

Able Accounts ENABLED

Today’s Daily-In Deanna M. Eble and Vincent J. Russo discuss the options that are available for families with children with Special needs.

Song of the Day: “To Know Her is to Love Her” 

 


Day 94 – June 24, 2020

Selecting an Attorney

Today he is joined by Kim N. Christian on how to select an attorney. The discuss the steps and questions you should be taking before making your decisions on selecting an attorney.

Song of the Day: “A Matter of Trust”


Day 96 – June 26, 2020

Go Back To Work

Today Vincent talks about the 5 reasons you should go back to work even if you make more on unemployment.

Song of the Day: “A Hard Day’s Night”


 

Announcing New Videos Daily!

Please join Vincent during the week at 10 a.m. Est on Facebook for his three minute “Check in with Vincent” videos. On Wednesday’s, Vincent along with his partners at the Russo Law Group will focus on important legal matters.

Video thumbnails from Daily Check-in with Vincent

Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram Youtube and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 85 – June 15, 2020

All You Need Is Love

Vincent shares with us a poem sent to him from his friend. It is a hopeful poem that reminds us of the human spirit and the ability to change, learn and to grow.

Song of the Day: “All You Need Is love “


Day 87 – June 17, 2020

Estate Planning Won’t Kill You

Vincent invited Kim N. Christian for today’s check-in to discuss what to bring and how to prepare for your estate planning meeting. It is not a scary process, but an important one.Vincent previously presented “Why Estate Planning Is so Important” and can be view by clicking here.

Song of the Day: “Let It Be”


Day 89 – June 19, 2020

Juneteenth

Watch today’s video to hear how Vincent commemorates June 19.

Song of the Day: “Higher Ground”


Announcing New Videos Daily!

Please join Vincent during the week at 10 a.m. Est on Facebook for his three minute “Check in with Vincent” videos. On Wednesday’s, Vincent along with his partners at the Russo Law Group will focus on important legal matters.

Video thumbnails from Daily Check-in with Vincent

Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram Youtube and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 78 – June 8, 2020

Binge Watching

Vincent share some of the shows he has binge watched during the quarantine. Have you seen any of them? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section of the video.

Song of the Day: “People are People “


Day 80 – June 10, 2020

Avoiding Probate

Today, Vincent discusses how

Today, Vincent is joined by Frank L. Buquicchio. They discuss the topic of How to Avoid Probate in 3 mins.It is the condensed version from our Facebook LIVE event held on June 2nd, 2020. You can re-watch it by clicking here.

Song of the Day: “Let It Be”


Day 82 – June 12, 2020

Honey Pie

Today is a Special Edition of the Daily Check-In. Vincent is joined by a special guest. Watch to see what Broadway Barbra has been doing during quarantine.

Song of the Day: “Honey Pie”


Announcing New Videos Daily!

Vincent J. Russo is excited to share his online social series of Daily Check-In videos posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the coming weeks.

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Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 65 – May 26, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom

Vincent asks Susan for her input on what he should talk about today.
Since business are now partially open our new Daily Check-In schedule will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Song of the Day: “I Feel Fine”


Day 66 – May 27, 2020

Family Protection Trusts

Today, Vincent discusses how important our families are. He provides some insight on Family Protection Trusts and how they can be used to protect your assets.

Song of the Day: “What is Life”


Day 68 – May 29, 2020

Reopening the Law Firm

Vincent and Melanie discuss plans for re-opening the office and the steps they are following based on recommended guidance from public health authorities.
We look forward to providing our services and rest assured we are and will always be available to you.

Song of the Day: “Getting Better”


Announcing New Videos Daily!

Vincent J. Russo is thrilled to announce his online social series of Daily Check-In videos!

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Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 57 – May 18, 2020

Just Another Day

Today, Vincent thanks the all of the front line worker especially the ones at South Nassau that helped his brother with an emergence surgery.
Also, as we stay home, we need to make sure we take care of our mental health. He offers a several tips to help.

Song of the Day: “Another Day”


Day 58 – May 19, 2020

Voting in 2020

Back by popular demand, Vincent is joined by Robert Russo as they discuss the elections. As the coronavirus has kept us home bound the option of an Absentee Ballots are available and they review the pros and cons.

Song of the Day: “Times They Are a Changin'”


Day 59 – May 20, 2020

Pancakes, Secret Sauce, and Savoy Truffle

Vincent is back in the kitchen. He recaps the Theresa Foundation’s video where he made pancakes. His shares with us some tips to making them. He moves on to making a Secret Sauce.

Song of the Day: “Savoy Truffle”


Day 60 – May 21, 2020

Steppin’ Out

Vincent talks about inheriting assets and the tax consequences. He provides an example to help you better understand these situations.

Song of the Day: “Steppin’ Out”


Day 61- May 22, 2020

Coffee is a Hug in a Mug

Vincent shows off his mug collection. Each mug brings a story that he shares their origins.
He also gives a shout out to his son Robert Russo for his birthday.

Song of the Day: “Birthday”


Announcing New Videos Daily!

Vincent J. Russo is thrilled to announce his online social series of Daily Check-In videos!

Video thumbnails from Daily Check-in with Vincent

Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 50 – May 11, 2020

PS I Love You

Today, Vincent talks about staying connected while staying home. He is joined by Susan who shares some ideas on how you can stay in touch with loved ones.

Song of the Day: “P.S. I love you”


Day 51 – May 12, 2020

Eggs and a Basket

Vincent talks about the eggs in the basket. One of the topics he goes over today is a revocable trust and the benefits of this type of trust.

Song of the Day: “I am the Walrus”


Day 52 – May 13, 2020

On going Saga of Eggs and a Basket

Vincent continues his conversation on eggs in the basket. Today, he goes over an irrevocable trust. He discusses the benefits of this type of trust and how it has many different uses depending on your situation.

Song of the Day: “I am the Walrus”


Day 53 – May 14, 2020

Do I Have the Virus?

Today, Vincent shares his health concerns about the Coronavirus. He shares a list of possible symptoms.

Song of the Day: “Doctor Robert”


Day 54 – May 15, 2020

I Gotta Get Outta Here

Vincent need to get out of the house. He takes us for a drive. He reminds us to take some time, get out of the house and have some fun!

Song of the Day: “Drive My Car”


Announcing New Videos Daily!

Vincent J. Russo is thrilled to announce his online social series of Daily Check-In videos!

Video thumbnails from Daily Check-in with Vincent

Daily Check-in with Vincent are available on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

“Daily Check-in with Vincent”

Day 43 – May 4, 2020

Back in the USA

Today, Vincent talks about how other Countries are beginning to open their businesses and what the USA is doing. When will we have a vaccine? There continues to be many unknowns. He hopes we can get back to a sense of normal soon.

Song of the Day: “Back In the USA”


Day 44 – May 5, 2020

Happy Birthday Theresa

Vincent and Susan share memories of Theresa to celebrate her birthday.

Song of the Day: “Brown Eyed Girl”


Day 45 – May 6, 2020

Lights Out on Broadway

Vincent has a special guest today, Robert Russo. Robert is a theater critic who address questions about Broadway and when they are expected to re-open.

Song of the Day: “Till there was You”


Day 46 – May 7, 2020

Taking Out the Trash

Vincent shares with viewers that the Town of Hempstead recycling pick up is back. Taking out the trash can be a happy experience.

Song of the Day: “Yakety Yak”


Day 47 – May 8, 2020

Call Your Mother

Vincent and Susan talk about their plans for Mother’s Day. They share memories of their childhoods. They also share ideas of how people will connect with their moms during this stay at home order.

Song of the Day: “Your Mother Should Know”


Russo Law Group wants to do our part to offer resources, guidance, and help to those who need it. Below are some of our weekly activities you can participate in.

Daily Check-in with Vincent

Please join Vincent every day at 10 a.m. EST on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for my quick “Daily Check-in with Vincent.”

During these  “check-in” Vincent will provide relevant information to help keep people up-to-date as it pertains to our areas of expertise: elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning during this pandemic.

Vincent will also provide you with my tip of the day and even a short clip of a relevant rock song (likely the Beatles).

Facebook Live

As we continue our dedication of providing peace of mind to you and your family in these uncertain and stressful times, Vincent will also host a weekly Facebook Live on Tuesdays, at 1 p.m. EST to answer any questions you may have as COVID-19 continues to affect our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

During the session, Vincent will keep you informed about what you need to know including topics such as:

  • How to make healthcare decisions for a loved one
  • How to navigate through this time of financial crisis
  • How to use trusts and LLCs to protect your assets
  • Know what benefits you are entitled to if you lose your job
  • Coping with financial and legal matters while successfully surviving the pandemic and more.

We also want to let you know that we are now offering “virtual appointments” and have staff available for the supervision and execution of legal documents.

The statistics we read about daily are staggering and can feel daunting, but if we are all prepared, we can take comfort in knowing that our loved ones are taken care of well after we are gone. This is an uncertain time, but if we band together, we will persevere and come through stronger than ever before.