With every new year, our firm gets lots of questions from our existing clients that are receiving veteran’s administration VA benefits as either a wartime veteran or their surviving spouse. This is because these clients have just received an EVR (Eligibility Verification Report) from the VA.
Many times people will ask me if they need to review their planning that they did many years ago. My answer is always the same- You should be having your estate plan reviewed every three to five years. They are often suprised that they should be doing this as often as recommended. There are three... Read More
We are quickly approaching the deadline to opt-out of a Medicare Advantage Plan for 2011. February 15 is the last day that individuals can opt out of an Advantage Plan for the rest of the year. This is not to say that everyone should dump their Medicare Advantage plans- as many are a very good... Read More
Previously, we have looked at the difference between Medicare coverage of skilled nursing coverage and what happens after that coverage ends. Typically, the individual requiring skilled care will now either go home, become a private pay skilled nursing resident, or qualify for Medicaid benefits. If the person is private pay, they (or their family) will... Read More
We’ve previously discussed what special needs trust are, and how they often can be beneficial for individuals who suffer from various disabilities. These individuals often have substantial medical expenses, and require very substantial help to pay for these expenses, unless they qualify for Medicaid benefits. Medicaid can offer coverage for things such as home care... Read More
In our last post, we discussed how Medicare pays in skilled nursing facilities for “rehab” stays. To summarize, Medicare will pay for most of the costs of someone who has a 3 day hospital stay and then needs to go to skilled nursing for some type of therapy or other skilled need to fully recover. ... Read More
A majority of seniors will spend at least some time in a skilled nursing facility during their lifetime, but most do it in the context of a rehab stay after some event, such as a stroke, fall, or general weakness after illness. These stays are commonly referred to as a Medicare rehab stay. This article... Read More
Very interesting article on a huge difficulty with the current setup of our healthcare system. That problem being the ability to realistically and objectively confront dying. I particularly noted the realities of continuing medical treatment in spite of the fact that there is virtually no medical benefit of these treatments. I can’t help but wonder... Read More
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