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.The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will present a free public seminar on navigating through the “Medicare-Medicaid Maze” on Thursday, February 19, from 1 to 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, now the Elder and Disability Law Section, which presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award last June. She served as director of the Senior Citizens Legal Services of Essex County for more than 15 years and currently teaches elder law seminars at Rutgers Law School-Newark. Appointed by Gov. Corzine to the Health Care Access Study Commission, she stepped down as president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association to become president of the AARP-New Jersey. Having completed her term, Askin recently received that organization’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, 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 theLexis-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 and estate planning and administration.