NJ Bar Foundation Plans Seminar On Navigating 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 Monday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick.

The speakers are Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg, Esq., and Lauren Marinaro, Esq., from the law firm of Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC, where Ms. Ershow-Levenberg is a partner and Ms. Marinaro is an associate. The firm is known for serving the legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and those who care for them.

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.

Ershow-Levenberg is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, 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 co-chairman of the Union County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee. She is the co-author of the Lexis-Nexis Practice Guide: NJ Elder Law, published in 2008 with annual updates, and is a frequent lecturer and writer on elder law issues. She argued before the N.J. Supreme Court in the case of In re Keri, a seminal case confirming the validity of Medicaid planning by guardians. Ershow-Levenberg has been recognized annually since 2007 by New Jersey Super Lawyers for her expertise in her field. Her practice concentrates in planning as well as litigation in all areas of elder law, including Medicaid applications, Guardianships, Special Needs Trusts, Social Security Disability appeals, Veterans Compensation appeals, and Estate & Trust planning and administration. The Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg firm specializes in elder and disability law.

Marinaro has been as Associate Attorney at the firm since 2006, focusing on Elder and Disability Law matters including Estate Planning, Guardianship, Medicaid Asset Preservation Planning, Medicaid Fair Hearings, Estate Administration, and Estate and Fiduciary Litigation. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University and her J.D. from the University of Kansas. In 2007 Ms. Marinaro became the first person in the country to earn an L.L.M. (Master of Law and Letters) in Elder Law, also from the University of Kansas. She has spoken at community and State Bar events on such subjects as elder law case updates, New Jersey power of attorney issues, psychiatric advance directives and the Medicaid Global Options for Long-Term Care program. She is a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Elder Law for 2010-2013, and a past secretary and current legislative coordinator for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section.

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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