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Nearing 65 and in a Marketplace Plan? Medicare Is Almost Always Your Best Bet

Are you approaching age 65 and currently covered by a marketplace health care plan under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”)? If so, you should think carefully about your options. While it’s possible to keep or renew your marketplace pla… Read More
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Can you keep your estate plan totally private and should you want to?

Many families are hesitant to discuss financial affairs together.  Parents do not necessarily want their children to know how much or exactly what they have.  Some do not want their loved ones to know exactly how they plan to dispose of their asset… Read More
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A Good Estate Plan Needs More than a Will

When it comes to estate planning, everybody wants a Will.  Many people believe that good estate planning begins and ends with having a Will and they think once they have a Will, all their estate planning problems have been solved.  But unfortunatel… Read More
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Medicaid Claimant Survives Challenge to Loan Made to Family Member

When we are working with families who wish to engage in Medicaid planning or for whom a family member must file an application for benefits, there are some common misconceptions we observe.  Families do not often appreciate that the Medicaid eligibi… Read More
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Caregivers: Know your Assisted Living Options

February is National Caregivers Month. One task that can be daunting for family caregivers is identifying the assisted living community that best fits their loved one’s unique needs. It is important for caregivers to be able to identify the differe… Read More
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Top Twenty Problems with Skilled Nursing Facilities (Part Three of Four)

Navigating the care of a loved one in a skilled nursing facility can seem very daunting for family members and friends entrusted with the role of advocate. Justice in Aging compiled a handbook called “20 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How to Re… Read More
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The Perils of Do it Yourself Medicaid Planning

As we stress often to families in our practice, planning for and dealing with the significant challenges and difficulties of long-term care is a daunting process.  The complexities of very complicated state and federal Medicaid laws and regulations… Read More
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Use This Form to Avoid Loved Ones Being Denied Medical Information About You

If you are in the hospital, the last thing you want is for a family member or a trusted friend to be denied information about your condition or prognosis.  But this could happen if you haven’t already given authorization about who can receive deta… Read More
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Medicare Coverage and Medicare Planning for Chronic Conditions

If you are a Medicare beneficiary receiving skilled care for a chronic condition, you no longer have to show improvement in order to have the care covered, but your provider (such as a doctor, home care agency, or nursing home) may not know this. Ev… Read More
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Son Liable for Mom's $93,000 Nursing Home Bill Under 'Filial Responsibility' Law

Some 29 states currently have laws making adult children responsible for their parents if their parents can’t afford to take care of themselves.  These “filial responsibility” laws have rarely been enforced, but six years ago when feder… Read More
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