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Placing Mom or Dad on Medicaid
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
New York Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"Mom has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and will need long-term care. She may eventually need nursing home care. Costs for home care, nursing home and assisted living care are skyrocketing. Panic sets in. How will mom and dad afford to pay for mom's care without depleting all their hard earned assets? You can apply to have mom placed on Medicaid. Not to be confused with Medicare (which will not pay for extended long-term care), Medicaid, (if mom is eligible), can pay for homecare, nursing home care and even assisted living care."
Fatoullah, founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, has been advising New Yorkers for more than 30 years about the legal and financial challenges of aging. He has been selected as one of New York's "Best Lawyers" in the fields of elder law, trusts and estates for seven consecutive years. He also serves on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Funding and Grants for Childhood Cancer Research
Kathleen Ruddy
St. Baldrick's Foundation
"The gap between what is needed and what is available for childhood cancer research is growing. In previous years only 4 percent of total federal cancer research dollars were designated for pediatric cancers. It is estimated that the National Cancer Institute budget will shrink by 7 percent with the most recent cuts, further impacting childhood cancer research. Additionally, a great deal of funding for research on adult cancers comes from industry, where again there is a gap for pediatric cancers. There are very few research and development efforts within the industry; some might say the risk is too great and the reward too small. Finally, over the past 20 years only two new drugs have been approved to specifically treat childhood cancers. Even for children who are cured, by the time they're 45, more than 95 percent of childhood cancer survivors will suffer from a chronic health problem resulting from treatment."
Ruddy is available to speak about cancer advocacy, outreach, funding and grants for childhood cancer research. She is located in Los Angeles, CA.
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Media Contact: Jayme Owen,

New Rules for Hospices and Long-Term Care Facilities
Barbara Ivanko
President and CEO
Family Hospice
"The national governing body for nursing home reimbursements (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services -- CMS) has issued new rules that will govern how hospices and long-term care facilities should provide care for patients who choose hospice care under the Medicare provisions. The purpose of these changes is to improve coordination of care, resulting in better quality of life and delivery of services for patients who select hospice care. Individuals who choose hospice care have decided to focus on comfort measures and improved quality of living. The new rules which take effect on August 26, 2013, enable patients and their loved ones to choose a particular hospice to provide end-of-life care. This new rule respects the choice of individual patients and decreases the duplication of services provided to residents in long term care facilities. The new rule is a welcome change, as it ensures that communication does not lapse between LTCs and hospices; regulations allow patients to choose a particular hospice provider; and hospice patients in LTCs will experience improve quality of life."
Ivanko, president and CEO of Family Hospice, is available to discuss these new rules for hospices and long-term care facilities as people begin to choose end-of-life care.
Media Contact: Greg Jena,

Blood Disorders and Pediatric Cancer
Dr. Robert Arceci
Board Member
St. Baldrick's Foundation
"With a child being diagnosed with cancer every three minutes worldwide, and cancer remaining the second leading cause of death of children in the U.S., exceeded only by accidents, we have our work cut out for us if we want to one day reach the 'perfect world' with a cure. Fifty years ago, only about 20 percent of children diagnosed with cancer were cured. Today, while 80 percent to 90 percent of children in developed countries diagnosed with some types of cancer are cured, there are still many types of cancers that claim the lives of nearly all children. Furthermore, among those who do survive, two out of three will live with lifelong problems such as learning disabilities, hearing loss, heart disease, infertility, secondary cancers and more. Not what you consider when you hear the word 'cure.'"
Dr. Arceci is available to discuss blood disorders and translational research in pediatric malignancies and optimizing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with cancer. He is the director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and co-director of the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He is also a professor of Pediatrics at University of Arizona College of Medicine and active at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
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Media Contact: Jayme Owen,



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