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Brooklyn woman, Legal Aid Society calls for better tenant protections

  • June 8, 2023

An East New York woman is in jeopardy of losing her home, and she and members of the Legal Aid Society are calling on Albany to put protections in place for tenants to not be victimized without good cause.

The apartment has been home to Camey King for over a decade, and she received an eviction notice in March to vacate her apartment. She says her rent payments are on time, and that she only recently learned her home had a new landlord.

The Legal Aid Society told News 12 that the home King lives in went into foreclosure back in 2016. According to a report filed in the foreclosure case, the new owner, SKZF 737 Mazel LLC, had purchased the property at 737 Alabama Ave. for $525,000, but the deed was effective dating back to Oct. 2021.

Three months after receiving the eviction notice, King was in housing court, hoping his cries would not fall on deaf ears after being told he needed to leave for no reason.

The Legal Aid Society is representing King in her case while calling on Albany to enact ‘good cause’ legislation to ensure that tenants in unregulated units have basic protections against unwarranted evictions and increasing unreasonable rent.

King’s current vacate deadline is May 15, and her lawyers say the goal is to ask for time for King to find a new place to live.

News 12 has reached out to the owners of the property and is awaiting a response.

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Medicaid now covers certain dental insurance for New Yorkers after historic Legal Aid victory

  • May 21, 2023

Following a historic settlement in Ciaramella et. al. v. Bassetta federal class action lawsuit, the New York State’s Department of Health (DOH) will be required to implement significant changes to the Medicaid dental benefit program.

These changes will expand dental coverage to approximately five million Medicaid recipients in New York.

Key changes to the Medicaid dental benefit program include:

  1. Coverage for crowns and root canals – The strict limit previously denying coverage for these procedures for individuals with more than four pairs of teeth will be eliminated. Coverage will now be approved when deemed medically necessary, including for balance and function.
  2. Crown lengthening — The categorical ban in this procedure will be eliminated, allowing for coverage as needed with a crown or root canal.
  3. Replacement dentures — Coverage will be provided as medically necessary, without requiring a physician to demonstrate that the replacements will “alleviate” the Medicaid recipient’s serious health condition.
  4. Dental implants and related services — The categorical ban on coverage for these services will be eliminated. Coverage will be provided as medically necessary, without requiring a physician to demonstrate that the replacements will “alleviate” the Medicaid recipient’s medical condition.

The settlement was achieved by The Legal Aid Society, along with law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Medicaid recipients denied coverage for medically necessary dental care by New York State.

The expanded dental coverage is expected to help Medicaid patients maintain better oral and overall health, with a focus on routine dental care and preventive procedures.

Belkys Garcia, a staff attorney with the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, criticized the settlement, noting that millions of New Yorkers on Medicaid will now have access to insurance for various dental issues essential to

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