Singer Bill Providing Additional Protections to Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities Advances

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would prohibit Medicaid application assistors who are not attorneys from charging for providing Medicaid application assistance to nursing home residents was approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“A growing number of Medicaid specialists have moved into the nursing home industry, telling families that they can help them qualify for Medicaid. However, some of these Medicaid advisors are bad actors,” said Singer (R-30). “This legislation will create additional safeguards to help protect New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents from predatory practices.”

Singer’s bill, S-1962, prohibits an owner, administrator, director, officer, or employee of a long-term care facility or any person or entity affiliated or related to those individuals from being eligible to act as an attorney-in-fact for a resident of a long-term care facility or an individual who is in the admission process to enter a long-term care facility.

Under the bill, the Department of Health may also develop a standard resident admission agreement.

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  1. I’m now taking application for my law firm focused specially on Medicaid approvals.
    If you are good at data entry please apply.
    We will provide a three day seminar to qualify you as a paralegal and we will take over the application process from the nursing homes.
    The incentive structures are a little misconstrued.
    If you want patients to get approved without paying hefty fees then cut the red tape, offer the facility an incentive to keep the costs low.
    Barring them from directly charging will just cause them to have an affiliate provide the same service.
    In all likelihood the affiliate will charge more because it requires a lawyer now.

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