Understanding NJ Medicaid for Individuals With Disabilities
Throughout this series, Shana and her guests will address legal, financial, care, and psychosocial issues, such as guardianship, public benefits, ABLE accounts, life care planning, supported decision-making, residential options, and much more.
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
noon – 1:00 p.m.
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About Shana Siegel
Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.
Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.
About Gwen Orlowski
As of, Gwen Orlowski is the Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey. Prior to joining DRNJ in January 2019, she practiced health law with a focus on accessing long-term services and supports, at Central Jersey Legal Services. From October 2013 through April 2015, Gwen worked as a Senior Staff Attorney with Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center) in its health group before returning to NJ in May 2015. Prior to her work at Justice in Aging, Gwen was the Chief Section Counsel and Supervising Attorney in the Senior Legal Rights Project at Legal Services of New Jersey. Previously, she was at LSNJ from 2002 until 2007, where she supervised both the Senior Legal Rights Project and the Anti-Predatory Lending Project. From 2007 until 2010, Gwen served as the Director of Elder Advocacy and Director of Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities at New Jersey’s Department of the Public Advocate until it was dissolved. In 2010, Gwen served as New Jersey’s Statewide Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Gwen has taught Elder Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and currently is an adjunct professor of law at the Newark campus of Rutgers University School of Law. She received her JD from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and graduated from Georgetown University with an AB in Government.