Commentary: Suspending bed-hold policy will save lives during pandemic

Op-Ed (New York)

Allison Green
Albany Times Union
May 26, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Nursing Homes


Legal aid attorney Allison Green writes about the decision – and exorbitant expense – to protect her mother by bringing her to temporarily live with her in her home during the pandemic, while holding on to her place in the Medicaid/Medicare-funded adult care facility in Westchester County. “We are among the lucky ones grappling with this dilemma,” she says.  I am a lawyer in the public sector, skilled in navigating public benefits, trained to know when legal entitlements are triggered, and able to forecast potential consequences. Many others who face this wrenching decision most likely lack this legal knowledge.”