The most successful members are those that put the highest premium on education. During the past year, NYSFDA has offered a broad range of programming designed to provide firm owners, managers, and individual licensees with the tools they need to care for today’s consumer. Education is delivered via technology, individual seminars at local associations, statewide training programs, and the Convention.
Roadmap to the Affordable Care Act for Funeral Homes Webinar
Thursday, May 22, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Krista Drobac knows health care! Drobac, a Policy Advisor in DLA Piper’s Health Care Policy and Regulatory group, based in Washington, DC, will provide strategic advice to funeral homes on how to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will provide 1 CEU. FREE for NYSFDA members / $199 for non-members.
This training will conclude with a period for questions and answers from participants. To view a listing of other upcoming CEUs, please visit our calendar HERE.
Each spring NYSFDA conducts Regional Meetings throughout the state with the goal of discussing today’s most important issues with funeral directors and presenting an overall update of funeral service in New York. This year we will discuss whether the law should be changed to allow the serving of food and beverage in the funeral home. CLICK HERE to register.
NYS is one of only three states to completely prohibit food and/or beverage of any kind from being “prepared, sold, served or distributed” in a funeral establishment. Current NYS regulation – which applies statewide – is very broad, leaving little to no room for interpretation.
The NYSFDA Board of Directors, at its December 2013 meeting, accepted the recommendation of the SUBCOMMITTEE ON FOOD AND BEVERAGE IN THE FUNERAL HOME to support changing the current regulation prohibiting all food and beverage to allow what are called “medium beverages” (i.e., coffee, tea, water, soda, juice) and “light food” (i.e., cheese and crackers, pastries, cookies) in NYS funeral homes. We invite YOU, a valued NYSFDA member, to gather more information about the Subcommittee’s research conclusions, as well as voice your opinion on this topical issue at our upcoming Regional Meetings. YOUR views will be critical as to the policy position of NYSFDA going forward should legislation be introduced to allow food and beverage as described above.
NYSFDA is not promoting or advocating for any particular viewpoint in any way, but it is imperative that all members avail themselves of the opportunity to speak on this issue at the Regional Meetings. That is how our position as whether to change the law will be determined.
2014 Meeting Locations - CLICK HERE to Register
Making an estate plan and preplanning your funeral now will take only a few hours of your time but will bestow an enormous benefit on your survivors by relieving them of the burden of guessing about your last wishes. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with estate attorney, Deborah A. Slezak who provided some valuable tips. Her practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration. She has chaired and lectured at the New York State Bar Association’s Basics of Elder Law program several times as well as for the Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law Practitioner. In 2013, Slezak updated two of the NYS Tribute Foundation’s publications, When A Death Occurs and Personal and Financial Affairs Checklist for End-of-Life Planning.
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