Author Archives: Louis A. Crisci, Jr

THE MEDICARE MYTH: THE “IMPROVEMENT STANDARD”

Anyone that has Medicare or has helped a Medicare recipient deal with their medical issues has probably been told that Medicare will only cover services if the patient is improving. Once they “plateau,” Medicare will stop covering the services. Even though people are told this everyday by medical providers, this is not true. There was… Read More »

NEW LAWS AFFECTING ELDERS – 2019

With the close of the recent Connecticut Legislative session, Connecticut has a couple of new laws that effect our ageing and/or ailing population. Public Act 19-89 AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOME STAFFING LEVELS Effective October 1, 2019, this act requires Nursing Home facilities to post in a conspicuous place on a daily basis the staffing… Read More »

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: Legal or Not?

Answer: It depends. Federal law still defines marijuana as a prohibited substance. However, in direct conflict with federal law, more and more states are legalizing medical use of marijuana, such as Connecticut, and more and more states are legalizing recreational use of marijuana; Connecticut has not crossed this line yet. Connecticut General Statutes “CGS” sections… Read More »

DISTRACTED WALKING

My last blog was on distracted driving and the consequences of doing so. Should there also be laws against distracted walking? As technology continues to advance and the demand for the necessity of multi-tasking increases, we see more and more people walking around with their eyes glued to their phones; earbuds deafening their ears; and… Read More »

DISTRACTED DRIVING

In Connecticut, distracted driving is defined in approximately three pages of typed legalese as codified in Connecticut General Statutes §14-296aa. The first page (Subsection (a)) contains mostly definitions, the second and third pages set forth the actual law. Specifically, subsections (b) thru (e) go into great detail about use of cell phones and texting, but… Read More »

SPLITTING LANES

Senator Cathy Osten (D) from Sprague, CT has proposed a law (Proposed Bill #629) that would allow motorcyclists to ride between lanes in congested traffic. What this means for you and I is, disaster. While you are moving in heavy traffic keeping track of the car tail gaiting you, the car to your right whose… Read More »

DRIVING- A COMMON SENSE APPROACH

Every one of us has been on a multi lane roadway or limited access highway in low to moderate traffic and had someone enter the highway from an entrance ramp and make a bee line to the far left lane; whether it is two, three or even four lanes they need to cross, they need… Read More »

MEDICAID/TITLE XIX

Why Have an Elder Law Attorney Prepare the Application? Medicaid, also known as Title XIX (T19), is a welfare program, by definition, for anyone who needs long term services and support (LTSS). We all hope to never have to go this route, but with the cost of long term care today (upwards of $14,000/month for… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part VI.

Now that you have a judgment in your favor, you need to collect it. Any judgment can be appealed within twenty (20) days. Therefore, it is not a final judgment until twenty days after the date of judgment. If the losing party had insurance coverage, then collecting should not be a problem. The insurance company… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

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