March 27, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have completely revised our Consumer's Guide to the Medi-Cal Program.


This guide is intended as a resource for anyone with a loved one in a nursing home.


A copy of the revised guide can be downloaded here:  2015 Medi-Cal Guide.



March 24, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Steven M. Ratner has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Seacrest Holdings Corporation, a not for profit, that supports the activities of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities.


Mr. Ratner previously served on the Board o...

March 18, 2015

Ukkestad v. RBS Asset Finance


Filed  March 16, 2015, Fourth District, Div. One


Settlor established a Trust which recited that all of his “right, title and interest” to “all of his real … property” is included in the Trust’s assets.  After the Settlor’s death, the Co-Tr...

March 16, 2015

Co-sponsored by CANHR and Western Center on Law and Poverty, SB 33:

  • Limits recovery for those 55+ to what is required by federal law – e.g. nursing facility, home and community based services and related hospital and prescription drug services – eliminates optional...

March 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

March 13, 2015

An Alternative to Medi-Cal Financed Nursing Home Care


Until recently, an elderly individual who did not have the means to pay for 24/7 medical care, had to be placed into a skilled nursing facility.  Assisted living facilities could not accept Medi-Cal as payment for t...

March 5, 2015

Siegel v. Fife 
Filed February 26, 2015, Second District, Div. Five

Settlor’s trust gives the trustee broad discretion to pay principal for the settlor’s care, maintenance, support, or desires.  After the settlor became conserved, the trustee began to sell assets to g...

March 4, 2015

As attorney general of California, I have vigorously defended the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark law has brought much-needed reform and accountability to our health care system.


By Kamala Harris — The Sacramento Bee

March 3, 2015

With Supreme Court arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act just days away, a sense of impending crisis has hit state officials and patient advocates in many parts of the country. Many worry they have no good options.


By Noam M. Levey — Los Angeles...

March 3, 2015

On January 23, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published proposed regulations that would make major changes to eligibility rules governing the Aid & Attendance Pension. The proposed regulations seek to establish a new net worth limit that would be us...

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