Web News – July 2019

Empire Justice Center July 31, 2019

HIPAA Resources Available

You have the right to privacy concerning information about your health, medical care, and how your care is paid for.  This right comes from a federal law called HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).  Although HIPAA regulates many other areas, the main impact it has on most people is the Privacy Rule, which determines how health care providers and health insurance companies can disclose Protected Health Information (PHI).  More detailed information about HIPAA release forms and other valuable resources are available on the Western New York Law Center’s Health page.



Know Your Rights! Conoche Tus Derechos!

Several legal services programs, including the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, have developed “know your rights” materials in English and Spanish.  This information is helpful for all of us and our clients.


Access HEAP Cooling Benefits

Now that summer’s hot days are upon us, remember that older adults are particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures.  Those who are HEAP eligible and have a medical need may be eligible to receive an air conditioner—including installation—free of charge.  Information on this program can be obtained from one of New York’s 59 county offices for the aging (https://aging.ny.gov/NYSOFA/LocalOffices.cfm) or from the local department of social services (http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/).  Information can also be obtained by calling NY Connects at 1-800-342-9871.


Two New Websites on Family Court Issues Launched

Commission on Parental Legal Representation (Hon. Karen Peters, Chair):  The Commission’s public website, containing the Interim Report, a list of members and transcripts of the four public hearings convened last year, is available at:  http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/Parental-Legal-Rep/

Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court (Hon. Ruben Martino, Supervising Judge of Family Court, Bronx County, and Prof.  Theo Liebmann, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at Hofstra Law School, co-chairs):  In addition to the list of members and links to other resources, the site includes the Council’s series of guidance memos   regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-visa certifications, adverse impact of immigration proceedings and service of process.  The Council’s public website is available at:  http://nycourts.gov/ip/Immigration-in-FamilyCourt/index.shtml