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On June 13, 2018, Bernie Rosen, Public Affairs Specialist, shared an overview of the Social Security program at the Orion NYC Chapter meeting. Bernie’s depth of knowledge from decades with the Social Security Administration made him an excellent educational resource and ‘answer man’ for the many attendee questions.
Bernie and his colleague, Nilsa Henriquez, also made informative presentations at the Orion Westchester and Long Island meetings in the past year.
Based on members’ requests, here is an abbreviated version of Bernie’s slides. While the data was current as of June 13th, regulations can change so be sure to check with the SSA for the most up-to-date information. Download here
Thank you to the Manhattan program committee and Sonya Mittleman for the opportunity to be part of the panel along with Paul Tramontozzi, Mike LaMagna and Joe Lawliss.
For those not in attendance, much of the information presented can be gotten from the 2018 Consumer Guide; 6 Ways to Finance Chronic Healthcare. All the contributors are Orion members.
The Guide can be downloaded from my website: www.GuideINS.com
Happy new year to all!
My friend Valerie Bogart of the Evelyn Frank Legal Assistance Program at NYLAG just advised:
“Starting June 2018, new applicants for Medicaid – and people already receiving Medicaid who have a spend-down – must be given notice in plain language that explains the availability of supplemental needs trusts to eliminate the spend-down for people with income above the Medicaid income limits. The notice shall include information on how to enroll in a trust and how to request the local Dept. of Social Services to re-budget income.”
This is really good news since many providers do not advise new enrollees about the need to see a qualified elder law attorney about this right.
Peter J. Strauss
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