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Recent changes made to the federal employment rules and payment for the companions under the federal labor laws were feared as signaling an end to in home companions. 24 hour live-in companions have always been critical in keeping an elderly or disabled family member home. Family members play a critical role as they work with […]

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Pursuant to Federal Department of Labor these rules are in effect in January but they are delaying enforcement until June 30, 2015. Home Care workers had been exempt under the companionship exemption but now they wil be: 1.  entitled to overtime after 40 hours; 2.  compensated for travel time between jobs; 3.  compensated when they […]

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During open enrollment you can make changes to your Medicare plan. Call CHOICES 1-800-994-9422 for free health insurance counseling

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Public Act 14-12 Allows APRN’s who have been licensced and practicing in collaboration with a physician for at least three years can practice independently

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The next CNV meeting will be on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Village Green of Waterbury, 128 Cedar Avenue, Waterbury, CT. Please RSVP to Linda Norman at 203-757-9271. Attorney Julia M. Brown, Law Office of Julia M. Brown will present on “Update of Legislative Changes Regarding Elders and […]

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The October 12, 2011 meeting will be held at Paradigm Healthcare Center of Waterbury, 177 Whitewood Road, Waterbury, CT.  Please RSVP to Alexandra Lucas for this meeting by e-mail alucas@paradigmhd.com.  The topic will be on 2011 Connecticut Legislative results.  Lunch & refreshments will be provided by Paradigm Healthcare Center.  Please take the time to RSVP so […]

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Our first CNV meeting after our summer break is Wednesday September 8 at 11:30 am at the Harold Leever Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708. Topic is “Legislative Update for 2010″.  Presented by Attorney Julia M. Brown, Law Office of Julia M. Brown, 203.755.6277. RSVP to Co-Chair Sandy Micalizzi at the Heart Center of Greater […]

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CT law now allows a person to create a testamentary or lifetime trust for the benefit of pets.  The Trust must terminate when the last surviving animal dies.  A Trustee is appointed to manage the property for the benefit of the animal and a Trust Protector is appointed to act on the animal’s behalf.  The Trustee must […]

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The Community Spouse can keep the maximum amount of allowed assets which as of January 2010 was $109,560.00. AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID LONG-TERM CARE COVERAGE FOR MARRIED COUPLES.  S.B. 370, PA 10-73 is effective May 27, 2010.

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Substitute Senate Bill 360, AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID LONG-TERM CARE COVERAGE FOR MARRIED COUPLES, states: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of subsection (g) of section 17b-261 of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Social Services shall amend […]

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Reverse Mortgage/Home Equity proceeds excluded. CT Legislators just passed a bill that allows those applying for or on the CT Home Care Program for Elders to exclude loan proceeds from a reverse mortgage, home equity loan or other loan instrument from being counted as assets or income.  After the DRA 2005 these proceeds have been counted as income and many people have not received home […]

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A community spouse will be able to retain the maximum amount of assets as provided by federal law.   CT ‘s current law only allows a community spouse to keep one-half of the assets or $109,560 in 2010, whichever is less. Under the new law, a community spouse will be able to keep all the assets up to […]

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Medicaid Spend down allow Community Spouse to keep assets to provide for themselves.

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SB 233 Discharge of Patients for non-payment of Applied Income. Proposed discharge of most vulnerable nursing home population.  Impact impoverished nursing home residents in need of 24/7 care and on Medicaid/Title 19.   Contact legislator to voice opposition.  See ct.gov SB 233.

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Any ConnPACE beneficiaries must be enrolled in a Medicare D “benchmark” plan by December 31, 2009 or ConnPACE will not pay any of the monthly Medicare D premium. Action must be taken during the Medicare D open enrollment period this November 15 through December 31, 2009.  Other changes to ConnPACE effective January 1, 2010: increase […]

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Beginning on January 2011 all Probate Court judges must be an attorney admitted to the Connecticut Bar; probate courts must be open at least 40 hours a week; and a commission will develop a plan to consolidate probate court districts to at least 44 districts and no more than 50. Submitted by Attorney Julia M. […]

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Effective July 1, 2009 the CT Department of Public Safety’s Missing Child Information Clearinghouse is to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate information to assist in locating missing persons who are (1) seniors age 65 and older or (2) mentally impaired adults at least 18 years old.  The missing person’s relative, legal or health care representative, […]

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Alzheimer’s Respite Grant 2009 increases

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This program provides cash assistance to aged, blind and disabled individuals eligible for Supplemental Security Income or who would be but for excess income.  Connecticut Public Act 09-73 effective July 1, 2009 allows transfers of the individual’s income to special needs trusts by individuals residing in residential care homes or New Horizions Inc.  There must […]

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DSS is now required to submit CMS and other status reports to the Legislature. This will help keep the Legislature informed regarding changes, delays, deferment of the MFP. PA 09-17, effective 7/1/2009

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Personal care assistants were added as a covered services under the CHCPE (CT’s home care program for 65 and over who have LTC needs). Public Act 09-64, effective April 1, 2010

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Major areas of change to Medicaid long term care program Increase in the look-back period Beginning date of penalty period changed Recovery against transferees Undue hardship criteria and claim Return of assets and penalty period Annuities Cap on equity in the home Interests in Continuing Care Communities Income streams as assets Post eligibility transfers by […]

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