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State Considers End To “Spousal Refusal” To Pay For Nursing Home Care – Newsday

New York State may end the practice of “spousal refusal” for elderly couples, which many argue keeps one spouse out of poverty as Medicaid pays for the other’s nursing home care, according to a story by NEWSDAY’s Michael Gormley. With spousal refusal, the “well” spouse can legally refuse to pay for a nursing home for the other, redirecting the bill to Medicaid. But Governor Cuomo has mandated a Read More >>

LTCCC Action Alert: Please speak out to increase funding of the NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) offers a valuable, cost-effective service to seniors and their families in nursing homes, adult care facilities, and family type homes, by helping address their complaints and quality of life concerns.  LTCOP has long been significantly underfunded, receiving only $1.19M for the entire program statewide. This lack of resources has resulted in the Read More >>

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

From the Office of New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried: A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by (New York) Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera. The new law: Requires Read More >>