Sometimes, HOW one deals with administrators who handle service requests can make a difference in what services they receive and how soon. Here are 5 tips that can help smooth your course as you deal with your state’s disability services agency.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior presented with The Family Support Center of New Jersey’s Community Partner Award.

This article provides a thumbnail sketch of standard elder law basics with additional points that apply to parents of a person with a significant disability

People with disabilities who receive Medicaid sometimes face a difficult choice between working and continuing to receive benefits. Many individuals with disabilities who rely on government assistance benefits are unable to work, not because of a lack of interest or skill, but rather due to the very real fear of losing Medicaid.

By: S. Paul Prior, Esq. As of June 18, 2009, both the State of New Jersey Assembly and Senate passed a Bill, S.2238, requiring health benefits coverage for certain therapies for the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities. The Bill is headed to the Governor’s Office for signature. Under the Bill, coverage for the […]

By S. Paul Prior, Esq. and Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to people whose disabilities prevent gainful employment. In order to be eligible, an individual must not have greater than $2,000 in countable resources and earn less than approximately $650 in monthly income. Because the income and resources of parents […]

By Herbert D. Hinkle and Ira M. Fingles New Jersey permits a capacitated person to sign a directive authorizing a representative to make mental health care decisions in the event of subsequent incapacity. “Capacity” is defined to mean the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of mental health care decisions, including the […]

By S. Paul Prior, Esq. The United States Congress recently enacted legislation which requires health insurance providers to provide equal coverage of mental and physical illnesses. The legislation was an add-on to the $700 billion economic rescue package enacted by Congress and signed by the President on October 3, 2008. The requirement that health insurance […]

by Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. This is the last of the three-part series of articles, which briefly discusses the different programs under which New Jersey provides Medicaid services. MEDICAID-FUNDED WAIVER PROGRAMS If a child under age 18 is ineligible for Medicaid because of parental income or resources, the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) […]

by Herbert D. Hinkle, Esq. This is the second of a three-part series of articles, which briefly discusses the different programs under which New Jersey provides Medicaid services. Split Application Medicaid is for disabled children who are not income-eligible for Medicaid through SSI or otherwise because of their parents’ income; and who have a non-disabled […]

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