11 06, 2019

Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

2019-06-08T09:04:23-04:00June 11th, 2019|

After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient's care. This is called "estate recovery." For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, [...]

4 06, 2019

Medicare Beneficiaries Need to Know the Difference Between a Wellness Visit and a Physical

2019-05-18T18:31:52-04:00June 4th, 2019|

Medicare covers preventative care services, including an annual wellness visit. But confusing a wellness visit with a physical could be very costly. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare beneficiaries receive a free annual wellness visit. At this visit, [...]

7 09, 2018

Caregiver Support is Critical for the Whole Family

2018-11-08T05:33:56-04:00September 7th, 2018|

All too often, the task of caring for an elderly, disabled or terminally ill family member falls entirely—or nearly so—to one family member. Sometimes this happens by default, because one family member lives near the person in need or has [...]

27 05, 2018

Medicaid Eligibility and the Qualified Income Trust (QIT)

2018-11-08T05:38:07-04:00May 27th, 2018|

Eligibility for Medicaid long-term care assistance depends on several factors, including: Citizenship/residency Being aged, blind, or disabled Asset limits Income limits Certain types of assets are non-countable and will not affect eligibility. However, the income cut-off is a clear line: [...]

25 03, 2018

Five Estate Issues You Shouldn’t Tackle on Your Own

2018-03-25T15:58:46-04:00March 25th, 2018|

When you’re planning for your own future and providing for your loved ones, it is always beneficial to have the knowledgeable guidance of an experienced estate lawyer. Though forms and software abound to help you create documents, there’s no substitute [...]

15 12, 2017

New Jersey Lawmakers Seek to Improve Caregiver Support

2018-02-02T22:10:32-04:00December 15th, 2017|

Well over one million New Jersey residents are caring for elderly and disabled relatives, and the challenges they face can be overwhelming. Balancing responsibility for an aging relative with work, child-rearing, and the day-to-day business of life can leave too [...]

2 11, 2017

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2 Percent Increase in 2018

2017-11-02T15:47:13-04:00November 2nd, 2017|

In 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.Cost of living increases are tied to the [...]

6 10, 2017

Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

2018-02-02T22:10:33-04:00October 6th, 2017|

The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning. In response to the deaths, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a new emergency rule, requiring [...]

6 10, 2017

How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes

2017-10-06T10:45:42-04:00October 6th, 2017|

What happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you can reverse those surcharges. Higher-income Medicare beneficiaries (individuals who earn more than $85,000) [...]