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Legal Services Journal - Summer 2010 Issue


Articles in this Issue

The Only Constant is Change
August 19, 2010
The only constant is change. This hit me again as I was working through our latest personnel changes at Empire Justice: Read More

Highlights from Empire Justice Summer Survey
August 19, 2010
This summer Empire Justice surveyed advocates familiar with its work to provide feedback on the services it provides. A full report on the survey findings will be available on Empire Justice Website. Here are some highlights. Read More

Gene Doyle Receives Legal Services Award from the New York City Bar Association
August 19, 2010
On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Eugene Doyle, Founder & Director, of People Organized for Our Rights (P.O.O.R.) was honored by the New York City Bar Association for his outstanding work providing legal assistance to low income individuals. Read More

Second Circuit Issues Ruling in Clark
August 19, 2010
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in March in the Clark case, which challenged the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) policy of terminating/denying benefits to claimants with outstanding probation or parole violation warrants. Read More

New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard for 2010 Released
August 19, 2010
Ten years since the last report, with the support of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the 2010 New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard, with data for 70 family types in every county in New York State, has been released. Read More

Freedom of Information Law - May the FOIL Be With You
August 19, 2010
New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Public Officers Law (POL), Article 6, Sections 84-90 allows the public to access the records of state and local government agencies. The legislative declaration grandly proclaims that government is the public’s business and people have the right to know the information behind governmental decision-making, access to which “should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. Read More

How the Puerto Rican Birth Certificate Law Affects DSS Administered Programs
August 19, 2010
Over a quarter million of New York State’s residents are feeling the impact of a change in the law enacted by the Puerto Rican legislature. Law 191 of 2009 invalidates all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010. Read More

No More Automatic EPIC "Wrap Around" Coverage for Medicare Part D Enrollees
August 19, 2010
As part of the state budget process, changes are coming to the EPIC program (the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program, New York State’s prescription drug program for older adults).  The changes affect people who have EPIC and Medicare Part D Read More

Fair Hearing Gets Man Out of Medicaid "Pickle"
August 19, 2010
Congratulations to John Castellano of the Mercy Advocacy Program. He won an important fair hearing decision which established Medicaid eligibility under “Pickle” criteria for a recipient of retroactive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The individual was prospectively eligible for SSD only. “Pickle eligible” individuals are SSD recipients who would otherwise be subject to a Medicaid spenddown but for the application of a special budgeting methodology known as the “Pickle” rule, this allows them to become fully eligible for Medicaid. Read More

Medicaid Expansion in Federal Health Care Reform
August 20, 2010
“The Gift of the MAGI” is a famous O. Henry short story about a poverty-stricken husband and wife who make personal sacrifices to give each other gifts. MAGI is also the name of the new form of Medicaid budgeting that will be required of all states starting in 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It stands for Modified Adjusted Gross Income. Read More

Medicaid Reimbursement for Language Access Services
August 19, 2010
On July 1, 2010, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance letter explaining the increased matching funds for translation and interpretation services under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as provided in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). Read More