Category: Elder Law


Do VA Benefits Cover Assisted Living?

Do VA Benefits Cover Assisted Living? According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, there are more than 12.4 million Veterans who are 65 or older. Veterans in this group make up a significant portion of our nation’s seniors and may be entitled to benefits that can help them afford long-term care.   The U.S. Department

What is Elder Law?

What Is Elder Law? In the context of setting up a meeting for your initial estate planning consultation or updating any previous estate planning documents, you might hear a variety of terms. One of these is elder law. What Does Elder Law Consist Of? Elder law is a facet of law that pertains specifically to

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A Genetic Mutation May Hold the Secret to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

A Genetic Mutation May Hold the Secret to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers have found a woman in Columbia with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from developing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, despite the fact that her brain has many neurological features characteristic of the disease. Based on the woman’s genetic profile, she should have

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House to Vote on Bill To Reduce Prescription Drug Costs for Medicare Part D Enrollees

House to Vote on Bill To Reduce Prescription Drug Costs for Medicare Part D Enrollees According to a recent article by AARP, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote in December on a bill that would lower the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare Part D enrollees. The bill, known as the Elijah E. Cummings

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Beware of the “Social Security Imposter” Scam

Beware of the “Social Security Imposter” Scam   Phone scams involving callers who claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service have been a problem for several years. However, scammers are using a new tactic this year, one that involves both live calls and robocalls purportedly from the Social Security Administration. The Federal Trade Commission

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How the Secure Act Could Impact Your Retirement Plan

How the Secure Act Could Impact Your Retirement Plan   The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 23, 2019. If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by President Trump, it could impact the way workers plan for retirement and manage

Medicare Part C Coverage and Enrollment: What You Need to Know

Medicare Part C Coverage and Enrollment: What You Need to Know   Last time, we discussed Medicare coverage and enrollment in general. Now let’s look at Medicare Part C in greater detail. What Does Medicare Part C Offer? As you’ll recall, Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, is administered by private insurance companies

The HIPAA Release: What It Is and Why You Need One

The HIPAA Release: What It Is and Why You Need One The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established national standards to protect the privacy of personal medical information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets limits and conditions on the way such information can be used and disclosed in the absence of patient authorization. The

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Medicaid, Nursing Home Costs, and the Rumor Mill

Medicaid, Nursing Home Costs, and the Rumor Mill One-half of all Americans who reside in nursing homes receive assistance from Medicaid to pay for their care. This is not surprising, given the extraordinarily high cost of long-term care. The real surprise is that half of all Americans don’t seek Medicaid assistance to cover nursing home

The Ongoing Debate Over Death with Dignity

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 73% of Americans support laws allowing patients to seek the assistance of a physician in ending their life. Another Gallup poll, conducted in 2018, found that 72% of Americans believe doctors should be allowed by law to end a terminally ill patient’s life if the patient and his or

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