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Information For Consumers

Listed below are agencies and organizations that offer free information on issues that pertain to elder law, estate planning, special needs and other related topics. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more specific information.

If you can attend a free seminar, you will learn about what is new and important at this time, because the rules are always changing. At the Law Offices of David R. Okrent, we stay on top of all the changes, digest the new information and know how to navigate through what can seem a complicated process.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ten Field offices are a Consortia structure based on the Agency’s key lines of business: Medicare health plans, Medicare financial management, Medicare fee for service operations, Medicaid and children’s health, survey & certification and quality improvement. You can find a wealth of information on these areas as well as issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS website has information on how to file your taxes, make payments, get refunds, etc. There is an interactive tax assistant service that will answer some questions. You can check the status of your refund online with the Where’s My Refund application, or call 1-800-829-4477. You can find information on the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) and the Affordable Care Act tax provisions. They have information in both English and Spanish.

NY State Department of Taxation and Finance

You can find forms, check refund status, learn about reporting requirements and find information about filing and payment extension eligibility and relief for those effected by Hurricane Sandy. Income tax and business taxpayers can receive alerts about due date reminders, account updates, and tax bills. You can check if your property assessment is accurate, find local tax rates, equalization rates, municipal contact information, and more.

New York State Unified Court

The mission of the Unified Court System is to promote the rule of law and to serve the public by providing just and timely resolution of all matters before the courts. On this website you can search specific topics, FAQs, publications, history of the courts and more. You will also find links to other resources.

NY Special Ed Taskforce

The Special Education TaskForce is comprised of over 200 parent advocates, school district staff, attorneys and other individuals who specialize in Special Education Law, and work collaboratively to ensure that children with disabilities are educated in the least restrictive setting and receive a free and appropriate education.

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