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How to Prepare for a New York State Medicaid Fair Hearing

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Produced on March 02, 2017

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course, presented by elder law attorney Tanya Hobson-Williams, offers a practical guide to representing a client at a fair hearing challenging the decision of a local Department of Social Services Agency’s decision to deny Medicaid Benefits. Hobson-Williams gives practitioners a step-by-step guide to preparing for and presenting a Medicaid Administrative Law Fair Hearing. Viewers will learn how to properly request the hearing and effectively present their case at the hearing. Viewers will also understand the procedural posture of the hearing as well as how to appeal any adverse decision within the statute of limitations.

Additionally, the program provides a review of N.Y.S. Medicaid Eligibility for Home Care, examined in the context of what actions give rise to Medicaid Denials. N.Y.S. Medicaid Law is discussed, along with a survey of recent Appellate Division and Fair Hearing decisions. Hobson-Williams also provides answers to commonly asked questions by Elder Law attorneys attending fair hearings. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Discuss preparation for the hearing, including meeting with your client and narrowing your issues
  2. Review the most common reasons for denial of Medicaid applications
  3. Understand how to request the Fair Hearing, with a focus on the procedural and legal parameters governing the hearing process and when to file an external or internal appeal in Home Care cases
  4. Explore how to research prior fair hearing decisions and case law and how to assemble the case record
  5. Identify best practices for presenting your case at the hearing, including issues related to objections, witnesses, and evidence
  6. Examine how to appeal an undesirable fair hearing decision

Credit Information

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Tanya Hobson-Williams

Hobson-Williams, P.C.

Appointed to the bench by the Board of Trustees in 2008, and elected in 2009, Tanya Hobson-Williams was the first African-American Female Justice in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead before leaving the bench in 2013. Tanya Hobson–Williams obtained her B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John's University and her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Labor and Policy.

Tanya Hobson-Williams has an active elder law practice assisting senior citizens in obtaining Medicaid for Home Care and Nursing Home Care. She routinely lectures at senior citizen centers, assisted living facilities, law schools and counsels families on a variety of topics of concerns to families caring for the elderly. Attorney Hobson-Williams is also contracted by the State of New York Employee Assistance Program to provide training to state employees on legal issues that affect state employees.

Tanya Hobson-Williams’ practice has resulted in a number of legal decisions that have assisted attorneys in the practice of Guardianship Law and has written a number of articles on Guardianship practice in New York and Medicaid planning for seniors. As a Village Justice, Tanya Hobson-Williams, struck down unconstitutional Village laws in her People v. Allstate Properties and upheld free speech in People v. Babyak decisions.

Attorney Hobson-Williams engages in pro bono legal services through her work as a Guardian ad Litem with the N.Y.C. Housing Courts in New York City providing services to disabled and senior citizens who need representation in Housing Court who are facing eviction. Attorney Hobson-Williams has served as a Guardian ad Litem for over 13 years and has represented hundreds of individuals facing eviction.

She gained her expertise in the field of elder law through her employment with several New York City Law Firms before opening her own practice. She received recognition from the Nassau County Executive Office, the Hempstead Branch of the NAACP for legal services, and a service award from the Calvary Tabernacle in 2013.

She has offices located in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx and has been an elder law attorney for 20 years.


Harry S.

Great program

Henry S. S.

Very interesting and informative, and very well-presented. Thank you very much.

Jill A.

Excellent presenter

Christopher R.

Very good lecturer, she was knowledgeable and provided useful practice tips

Maria M.

presenter provided good tips for preparing for hearing

Christine C.

This was by far the most informative and helpful CLE that I've taken to date on Lawline.

Bryan L. B.

Tanya is an outstanding presenter, and her presentation was excellent.

Rachel B.

Very useful and informative, clearly explained.

Stuart I. J.


Laurie S.

Very clear, straightforward. Great course. Thanks!

Rory M.

Tanya Hobson-Williams was most informative and overall excellent - hope to have more lecturers like her.

Harrison H.

Practical and straight-forward.

Bilar M.

Very clear and concise presentation

Dennis S.

Very effective presenter.

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Estelle M.

Excellently presented on topic most people know nothing about.

Homer R.

Very informative.

R John S.

Outstanding informative presentation.

Elizabeth J.

very interesting and well presented

Matthew R.

Very detailed and informative and very well presented.

Ryan W.

Very good

Judith M.

Speaker was very knowledgeable.

Allison M.

Great presenter.

Christine M.

Very well one with lots of good information and practice tips.

Benton L.

subject matter was handled professionally

Susan M. B.

Excellent presenter and presentation. Very important topic that impacts many.

Lesley S.

Excellent presenter.

John L.

Excellent presentation.

Deborah G.

Very good instructor!

Amy B.

Great Program!

James S.


Augustin D.

The summary was useful, but it could have been more comprehensive.

Irini K.

She was one of the best presenters so far.

Precious B.

I love the tip about preparing a memorandum of law for the judge at the time of the hearing.

Steven K.

May come in hand with my increasingly aging clientele.

Richard B.

Interesting program

Rachel C.

Fascinating topic and really interesting and knowledgeable presenter.

Christine M.

Outstanding presentation very thorough.

Anne Marie D.

One of the best courses to date.

Ronald B.

Excellent presenter

Rommel M.


Bernard L.

I loved the practical tips given within the presentation

michael a.

very informative

Maria H.

This course was very informative and the speaker was really knowledgeable.

Keith M.

Very informative - good explanation regarding how to pursue remedies

Glenda D.

Tanya Hobson-Williams was an effective presenter.

jayson w.

A clear concise presentation. Very helpful.

Scott K.

Outstanding presentation.

Patrick O.

Excellent summary. And I have to say excellent advice, not to a lawyer but also as a parent.

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