State Bar Foundation To Sponsor Free Seminar On The Medicare-Medicaid Maze

NEW BRUNSWICK—The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will present a free public seminar on successfully navigating through the “Medicare-Medicaid Maze” on Thursday, March 11, 1-3 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick.

Marilyn Askin. J.D., chief legislative advocate for AARP-New Jersey, and Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg, a partner with the Clark law firm of Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC, will serve as speakers. The program will feature an explanation and update of Medicare, a federal program of health insurance, Medicaid and New Jersey programs designed to provide health care coverage to the poor, the disabled and the elderly. Planning for long-term care insurance also will be covered. A question-and-answer period will follow.


Askin is the founder and past chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Aging and the Law Committee, note- the Elder and Disability Law Section, which presented her with its first Lifetime Achievement Award, named in her honor. She served as director of the Senior Citizens Legal Services of Essex County for more than 15 years before entering private practice and is an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School-Newark, where she has taught Elder Law for the past 26 years. In 2000 she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and stepped down as president of the latter to become president of AARP-New Jersey. After completing a six-year term, she recently received AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award, the Andrus Award for Community Service. She maintains homes in West Orange and Monroe Township.

Ershow-Levenberg is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, immediate past chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and past chairman of the Union County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee. The co-author of the Lexis-Nexis Practice Guide: NJ Elder Law, she argued before the N.J. Supreme Court concerning In re Keri, a seminal case concerning Medicaid planning by guardians. Ershow-Levenberg’s practice concentrates in elder law, including Social Security disability appeals, Medicaid applications, veterans compensation appeals, and estate planning and administration.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information on Foundation seminars, programs and publications, call 1-800-FREE-LAW. The Foundation’s seminar series is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.

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