Greetings – Here are some Medicaid updates from the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, with links for where to find more information.
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Correction & Last Chance Reminder re MLTC Seminar March 9th, 2017


The NY Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers), is hosting a  live legal education program on Managed Long Term Care in NYS.  

Contrary to our last email, the seminar will only be available on March 9th for those attending in-person.  Remote viewing will not be available on March 9th.   Later viewing of  the taped webinar will be available, but not for CLE credit for attorneys - only for CEU credit for social workers.   CLE credit is only available for those attending the live in-person program on March 9th.   We apologize for any confusion.

Updated information:
WHEN:     March 9, 2017   Seminar 1 PM–5 PM      
                 Networking Terrace Reception 5 PM- 6:30 PM (on terrace
                           overlooking midtown. word is it's beautiful!). 
WHERE:   Midtown Loft & Terrace, 267 Fifth Ave.  (29th St.) Manhattan 

WHO:        Attorneys, Geriatric Care Managers, Social Workers, health care professionals

TRAINER:  Valerie J. Bogart, Director, NYLAG Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program

CLE:         CLE (3 credits Professional Practice)  
CEU:        Social Work CEU's will be provided.
COST:      Download Registration Form to see costs, and also instructions to apply for a Hardship Waiver.  (TODAY 2/28 is last day to apply)(Reception included with registration fee, but please indicate on registration whether you plan to addend reception)  

Topics will include:
  • updates on the landscape of plans and services covered by MLTC and FIDA plans (including nursing home care),
  • new rules for expedited access to Medicaid home care based on "Immediate Need,"
  • Spousal Impoverishment protections and the Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses that can reduce the spend-down for those who had been in a nursing home or adult home before returning home with MLTC services,
  • strategies for helping clients navigate MLTC plans -- how to advocate for access to adequate hours of service and defend against proposed reductions in services.  
  • Also learn about the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN) which can help consumers make choices about MLTC and navigate problems.   
Click here for more info and registration forms.   Please be sure to indicate if you'll stay for the reception on the terrace at 5 PM. 

FIDA Program Due to Expand to Suffolk and Westchester 

The Fully Integrated Dual Advantage "FIDA" program will be expanding to two new counties - Westchester and Suffolk Counties - in March or April 2017.  Currently, FIDA is only in New York City and Nassau Counties.   See Leading Age NY report on DOH meeting in January 2017.  As reported by Leading Age NY,  enrollment will be voluntary only, with no "passive" or mandatory enrollment.  No one will have to "opt out" of FIDA. There is reportedly one FIDA plan in place, with other plans phased-in contingent on final network review.  

FIDA combines an MLTC plan with a Medicare Advantage plan, providing all Medicare and Medicaid services all in one managed care plan.  FIDA is only available to people who have Medicare and Medicaid and who are eligible for MLTC services.  See more information on the ICAN website,, or the NYS Dept. of Health Consumer Webpage on FIDA. 

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