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Medicaid Basics

Medicaid is a means-tested program jointly funded and administered by the federal and state governments. It pays for a broad range of medical care and services for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly. In addition, it provides long-term care services for qualifying families and individuals.

Individuals may qualify for Medicaid if they fall within these defined categories:

  • They are age 65 or older, blind and disabled, and eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or
  • They have significant medical needs, high medical bills and may qualify for SSI due to a disability or medical condition, except they have excess income or resources.

Unfortunately, it is not generally shared that even those with “excess” resources and/or income can receive Medicaid assistance. While Medicaid does review and consider all assets in an individual’s name and their spouse’s name, there are ways to secure some of those assets. In many cases, some of those assets are exempt in accordance with Medicaid laws.

Did you know that under current laws, your residence may be counted as an exempt resource when Medicaid evaluates your resources? Whether you are single or married, your home is not valued in the Medicaid resource assessment, so long as it is used as the principal place of residency by the applicant and/or the applicant’s spouse or dependent relative or blind/disabled child, if there is intent to return home, regardless of whether such intent is practicable.

To find out more about Medicaid planning and the application process, contact Timothy J. Bupp or elder law paralegal Christina J. Herold to schedule an appointment at (717) 848-4900.

You have enough to worry about. We can help ease the burden of the Medicaid process.

This article was written by elder care paralegal, Christina Herold.

Medicaid News You Can Use

Written by Elder Law Paralegal, Christina J. Herold

Applying for Medicaid can be very challenging, especially for those who are not trained to know what to look for during the application situation. The laws and guidelines are unclear and the amount of documents can seem endless. Many individuals attempt to apply for Medicaid on their own, which often results in confusion, frustrations, and ultimately denial of the application.

With the right help, the process can be explained, and the burden can be removed from your shoulders.

Here is a little “tid-bit” you may not know. Instead of having to reapply for Medicaid and starting all over, you can ask for a reconsideration of the denied application within 60 days of the denial notice. Your opportunity is not over, and we can help you receive the coverage for which you or your loved one is eligible.

Please contact our office and speak with Attorney Timothy J. Bupp or Elder Law Paralegal Christina. J. Herold at (717) 848-4900. We look forward to assisting you.

School Law Training: May 22, 2017

You’re Invited to a School Law Training Session

on Monday, May 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. at CGA Law Firm!

Join the co-chairs of CGA’s School Law Group, Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll and Sean A. Fields, for a complimentary training for School Directors, Superintendents and Administrators regarding recent developments in school law.

The session will focus on:

  • Student Expression Under the First Amendment
  • Transgender Students: The Shifting Landscape
  • Student Discipline Issues including Bullying and Social Media
  • Employee Discipline Procedures for School Boards and Superintendents
  • Stump the School Law Attorneys: Bring any general questions you have about school law.

CLICK TO REGISTER NOW

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 18  

135 N. George Street | York, PA 17401 | On-site parking is available.


CGA School Law Attorneys

Margaret “Mieke” Driscoll | Sean A. Fields | Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II

Zachary E. Nahass | Christine Nentwig | Peter R. Andrews

CGA Partnered with York SHRM for Half-Day Seminar in March

CGA Law Firm is proud to have partnered with the York Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer a half-day seminar on Tuesday, March 14 from at the Country Club of York. Labor & Employment attorneys Anne E. Zerbe, Zachary E. Nahass and Christine Nentwig served as facilitators. Four sessions were offered, including lunch and a session with nationally recognized SHRM presenter, Margaret Morford.

 

Attorney Leanne M. Miller Elected a CGA Shareholder

CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Leanne M. Miller has been elected a member of the firm.

Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, CGA’s president shares, “With Leanne’s diverse background and hard work ethic, she has developed into an extraordinary attorney, offering her clients insightful and assertive representation.” He adds, “We look forward to Leanne’s continued leadership and involvement at CGA, as she becomes an owner of the firm and expands her role with us.”

Attorney Miller counsels individuals and families through challenging life-changing events that require legal representation. She concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and administration, and bankruptcy.

In her family law practice, she advises individuals and couples in a wide range of family matters including custody, divorce, dependency, adoptions, guardianships and support.

Attorney Miller assists individuals in the many aspects of estate planning – from drawing up a simple will – to setting up a trust. She prepares plans to care for and protect her clients’ families while minimizing taxes, probate and other administrative expenses.

In her bankruptcy practice, Attorney Miller advises her clients on their options and determines if restructuring their debt or filing for bankruptcy would be the best choice.

Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Miller was a chemistry professor at Penn State University’s York Campus. She received her B.S. in chemistry at Shippensburg University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Attorney Miller completed her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2008.

She is a member of the York County Bar Association and the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC). Attorney Miller also serves a York County Juvenile Master handling delinquency matters. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and has handled cases in York, Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Cumberland and Snyder Counties. Attorney Miller has also appeared before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

To reach Attorney Miller call (717) 848-4900 ext. 125 or email her at lmiller@cgalaw.com.

2017 Tax Amnesty Program: Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

The PenAttorney Brent C. Diefenderfernsylvania Department of Revenue (PADOR) has announced the features of its 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. The Amnesty Program begins on April 21, 2017 and ends on June 19, 2017. All taxes owed to the Commonwealth and administered by PADOR are eligible for the Amnesty Program. To participate in the program, taxpayers must file an Amnesty Return, file all delinquent taxes and returns and make the required payment within the amnesty period. The principal feature of the tax amnesty program is that all penalties, collection and lien fees and one-half of the interest due will be waived in exchange for payment of the tax and one-half of the interest owed. Most taxes are eligible for participation in this program. This includes personal income tax, corporate net income tax, inheritance and estate tax, and sales and use tax.

If a taxpayer owes delinquent taxes, the written notice will be sent from PADOR where there is a valid address on the Department’s records. A participating taxpayer must file an Amnesty Return, make payment of all taxes and one-half the interest due to the Commonwealth, file complete tax returns, including those for years which are not eligible for the amnesty program. Along with payment for all taxes reported on the Amnesty Return and one-half of the interest on those taxes, all missing tax returns or reports must be filed electronically or on paper no later than June 19, 2017. There is no extension for the filing of missing tax returns or reports eligible for the Amnesty Program.

Taxpayers who have entered into duly approved and executed deferred payment plans with PADOR are eligible to participate in the amnesty program. However, they are limited to the relief from penalty and one-half of the interest that remains on their payment plan balance as of the date of the final tax payment and they must complete payment of the entire delinquency by the close of the Amnesty period. The relief will not be based on the original balances of tax, penalty and interest at commencement of the payment.

For more information about the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program, please contact Attorney Brent C. Diefenderfer of CGA Law Firm’s Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring Department by email or at (717) 848-4900 ext. 127.

 

Attorneys Young and Paxton Selected for Inclusion to the 2016 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

For the 11th consecutive year, Attorney Lawrence V. Young has been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state were selected. In addition, Attorney Andrew M. Paxton has been selected to the list of 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars for the fourth year in a row. Only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state were selected. Attorneys who are selected to the Pennsylvania Rising Star list are 40 or under or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Both attorneys are shareholders at CGA Law Firm in York, PA.

Lawrence V. YoLawrence V. Youngung is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Department. He limits his practice to consumer bankruptcy matters, Chapter 11 and corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring and workouts. Larry is certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification, and is one of only 25 others who have this designation throughout the Commonwealth. He is a past president of the York County Bar Association, the York County Bar Foundation, the Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association and Central Pennsylvania Legal Services. Larry has been an active member of the Pro Bono Committee of the York County Bar Association since 1993, serving as Committee Chair for much of that time. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Member Award from the York County Bar Association. Earlier this year, he was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the York County Bar Association with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award for his pro bono work.

AndrewAndrew-M-Paxton M. Paxton, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm, leads the Corporate and Business Law Department. He concentrates his legal practice in business law, real estate and taxation with a particular focus on technology, telecommunications, emerging businesses and intellectual property matters. He provides counsel through all stages of an organization; from starting a new venture, financing, protecting intellectual property, obtaining licensing, expansion and growth, to successfully exiting when the time is right. As an advisor, he also provides businesses with innovative strategies on tax planning, financing, drafting and reviewing contracts and real estate transactions. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for the Redevelopment Authority for the City of York, as well as the York County Food Bank.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. The list of selected attorneys appears in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine each May. Click here to learn more: www.superlawyers.com.

With a team of nearly 70 attorneys and professionals, CGA Law Firm offers depth of experience, passion and skill to businesses, individuals, municipalities and school districts. Practice areas include:

  • Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Domestic & Family Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Municipal Law
  • School Law

CGA Law Firm prides itself on its commitment to community. The firm supports a wide variety of charitable, cultural, educational and civic organizations throughout South Central PA with charitable donations, volunteer involvement and pro bono services.

CGA Law Firm Boosts School, Municipal and Labor & Employment Law Groups with Addition of Sean A. Fields

Attorney Sean A. Fields recently joined CGA Law Firm in York, PA. He brings over 12 years of experience and expertise in School Law, Municipal Law and Labor & Employment Law to CGA. During his 12-year career practicing school law with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), he successfully worked with superintendents, school directors, and solicitors on a variety of legal issues including student discipline, extracurricular activities, employment matters, taxation, and constitutional rights. He is skilled in drafting school district policies, analyzing statutes, writing briefs and providing legal training to school leaders at every level.

Sean has experience dealing with the Sunshine Act, Right-to-Know Law, competitive bidding, and Ethics Act issues. In addition, he is skilled in reviewing and developing employment policies and providing training to clients so they can mitigate risks. He is experienced in dealing with hiring practices and employment discrimination. Sean has worked specifically with school districts on issues involving employee discipline and employee rights. He is also an accomplished presenter and author.

Sean is a graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University and Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to the United States Middle District Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University and Harrisburg Area Community College.

According to CGA Law Firm president, Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, “Sean was a valuable resource while he served as counsel at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He was insightful and helpful on a variety of school law issues, including employment and discipline. Sean’s knowledge on the laws governing public meetings and public records is impeccable. We are happy that Sean has joined us at the CGA Law Firm, adding to our depth in both the school and municipal law departments.” He notes, “Sean is an interesting and humorous individual, in addition to being a terrific lawyer.”

CGA Law Firm is comprised of 29 attorneys advising individuals, businesses, municipalities and school districts throughout South-central Pennsylvania on their legal needs. Focused on what is important to their clients and the outcomes they want to achieve, the attorneys at CGA listen and provide sound advice in order to reach their clients’ personal and business goals. Practice areas include:

  • Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Domestic & Family Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use & Development
  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Municipal Law
  • Military Law
  • Real Estate
  • School Law
  • Taxation

Additionally, CGA Law Firm prides itself on its commitment to community. The firm supports a wide variety of charitable, cultural, educational and civic organizations throughout South Central PA with charitable donations, volunteer involvement and pro bono services.

Congratulations, Glenn J. Smith

Glenn J. SmithYork County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes recently announced that former CGA Law Firm attorney Glenn J. Smith has been selected as York County’s solicitor, replacing Michael Flannelly who left the position to become a common pleas court judge.

Glenn has been a valued member of CGA’s Municipal Practice Group, and brings to the County extensive experience in civil, criminal and municipal law. He has worked with several of the County’s row officers and represented the PA State Mayors’ Association. Glenn is active in such community organizations as Creative York, The Rotary Club of York and the York County Economic Alliance. He and his daughter Giovanna, 13, reside in Manchester Township.

We at CGA will miss working with Glenn directly, but we congratulate him on his new position and look forward to working with him as York County Solicitor!

CGA Attorney Lawrence V. Young Honored for Significant Pro Bono Work

Congratulations to Attorney Lawrence V. Young, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm and chair of the Bankruptcy Practice Group, who was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and the York County Bar Association (YCBA) with the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award in January. The award celebrates the pro bono accomplishments of Harrisburg attorney Jeffrey A. Ernico and his long-standing commitment to equal justice and serving those who had nowhere else to turn.

The award is given from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services to the Public Committee. This honor is only shared on occasion with those who have provided significant legal services to those in need. Larry has spent a lifetime doing just that. The plaque reads, “A Champion of Access to Justice, Larry Young has provided pro bono service and leadership in York County and beyond. His example and his leadership in the field are greatly appreciated.”

York County Bar Association and Bar Foundation CEO, Victoria Connor notes, “Leading by example, Larry Young has dedicated a lifetime of service, as well as financial support, to the Bar’s efforts to improve the legal profession, promote public understanding of the law, and increase access to justice for our community’s most vulnerable – particularly the elderly, and those struggling with poverty and domestic abuse.”

She adds, “As a result of his professionalism and integrity, Larry is highly respected by his peers and the community. He has been a member of the York County Bar for 41 years and has served as president of both the Bar Association and Bar Foundation. Today, Larry remains one of our most active and engaged members, chairing the Pro Bono Committee for more than 20 years and participating on the Foundation Board, Philanthropy and Grants committees. Larry’s involvement has been an integral part of the York County Bar’s success in developing programs to help close the justice gap in York County.”

Pennsylvania Bar Association President William H. Pugh V (right) and Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis (left) present the award to Attorney Lawrence V. Young.
Pennsylvania Bar Association President William H. Pugh V (right) and Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis (left) present the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award to Attorney Lawrence V. Young.