Jennifer Cona’s practice focuses on representing clients in matters of Medicaid planning, asset preservation, estate planning and litigation, probate and administration of estates, special needs planning, veterans benefi ts and guardianships. Her experience in the area of elder law and trusts and estates also makes her well positioned to head the Health Care Facility Representation practice group.
In fact her “death before determination” case changed the way some Medicaid determinations are rendered. Cona’s 94-year-old client was legally blind, deaf and suffered from diabetes and other medical conditions. He applied for Medicaid when he could no longer fund a home health aide himself, but the review process took so long the man died before benefits were approved. Cona showed his care plan and daily services were a de facto nursing assessment in accordance with state regulations. The tribunal ruled in Cona’s favor, accepting the evidence to establish the amount of care that should have been authorized. The subsequent Medicaid payout absolved the client’s estate from the liability of tens of thousands of dollars.
Cona serves on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation and has been featured in many internationally recognized newspapers and publications. She is a frequent author and lecturer and has appeared as a guest on WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, CNN and News12 LI, to name a few.