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Whenever I talk to a family whose loved one is close to spending down the required amount of assets to qualify for Medicaid, the topic of burial expenses comes up.  Most people are aware that Medicaid permits setting aside funds to cover the burial but many are a bit fuzzy on

6 years ago I wrote about the fight over Casey Kasem. (Blog post 11-25-13).  Some may not be old enough to remember Kasem who was an actor and radio personality.  He is probably best known as the host of American Top 40, a nationally syndicated radio program in the 1970’s and 80’s which counted

In last week’s post I reviewed the changes to retirement accounts under a new law called the SECURE Act.  I started with the positive changes but not all about the new law is a plus.  The SECURE Act severely limits the ability of retirement account beneficiaries to stretch out the

Just before the holidays last month, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law significant changes to retirement accounts that affects owners and beneficiaries of tax deferred retirement accounts including IRAs and 401ks.  Known as the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act), it became effective 1/1/2020.  While some of the

I wrote about this decision here six and a half years ago. (Blog posts 3-25-13 and 4-1-13) The case is Jimmo vs. Sebelius and it corrected the misapplication of Medicare rules concerning coverage for rehabilitation services and therapy. The standard that had been applied for many years was whether the