A Medicaid Millionaire
Much has been written about how much long term care is costing this country and specifically how much tax payer dollars are spent on government benefit programs, with those numbers continuing to rise. All true. But, government waste, ineptitude and an inability to eliminate fraud certainly play a role. An
The Single Most Dangerous Mistake When Applying for VA Benefits (Part 2)
Last week we were talking about Melissa’s call to our office. Her parents had been receiving VA benefits for 2 years while living in an assisted living facility and everything had been great. The reason she called us, however, is that Dad now needs nursing home care. Her parents have
How We Pulled Charlie from a Black Hole of Long Term Care
A few months back I wrote about a situation that is not all that uncommon, a nursing home resident with long term care insurance benefits but no other assets. If the insurance payment goes directly to the resident it counts as income, resulting in too much income to qualify for
Don’t Put Long Term Care Planning on the Backburner
Laura called us in a panic because her husband, George, was in a nursing home, about to have his Medicare coverage terminated. George had no long term care insurance and Laura was totally unprepared for how Medicaid works and how much she would have to spend down. I explained that
Is Your Long Term Care Plan Stuck in a Time Warp?
The amount of change in the last 15 years is incredible and the pace of change has quickened. Nothing stays the same forever, and forever is not as long as it used to be. We are starting to see this in the senior market, beginning with how the term “old”
What’s Your “88 Plan”?
It seems more and more to me, that dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are everywhere, but then, maybe as an elder law attorney I am more tuned to it. In the last month three notable celebrities died or were diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s, actor, Peter Falk of Columbo fame, “Rhinestone
Don’t Make the Same Mistake Bill Made
The world is ever changing, and in recent years, with the technology boom, it seems that the rate of change has increased dramatically. In the long term care world, we are seeing the same thing, and not in a good way. We are receiving more calls lately from people in
Another Trend to Rival the Aging Babyboomer?
When asked whether I am busy in my practice, I always make reference to the fact that the population is aging and that there are 77 million baby boomers beginning to enter senior status this year. As more people enter the long term care system things will only get busier.
Underground Storage Tanks and Long Term Care?
It just keeps getting worse doesn’t it? I’m talking about the economy and our federal, state and local governments’ inability to balance their budgets and provide the services and assistance they have provided in the past and promise to provide in the future. And is why you can’t expect the
More Medicaid Changes Coming?
Readers of my blog know that I have written often of the need to plan ahead because nobody, especially the government, is going to bail you out. The last round of changes to the Medicaid program were made more than 5 years ago and have had a dire impact on