Social Security

Pursuant to the Social Security Administration, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  […]

We are hearing many things from the Presidential candidates, both good and bad.  However, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the one important topic that is not being debated is how an increasing elderly US population will pay for future long-term care expenses.  This is one of the most important public policy issues facing our […]

Our goal, as an elder care law firm, is to help families navigate the long-term care process when caring for a chronically disabled loved one.  An unfortunate example of the complicated long-term care health system is illustrated in a February 7, 2016 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania resident, Charles  Prozzillo, a dialysis patient due to […]

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional and Caregiver Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2016 seminar series for long term care professionals.  We will continue to offer continuing education credits […]

The Social Security Administration announced that, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation numbers released today, there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2016. This means that social security income and veterans pension benefits will remain at 2015 levels.  The announcement makes official the assumption underlying the 2015 Medicare Trustees Report premium […]

http://www.hhs.gov/aging/ The above website is a one-stop link to senior resources.  The home page leads to a wealth of information about Social Security, Medicaid, healthy aging, long-term care, HIPAA (health privacy) and methods to submit a complaint. The site allows a user to select his or her state, and click through local information. Seniors who are looking […]

Happy Birthday! There are many milestone birthdays to celebrate this year. Social Security turns 80. Medicare and Medicaid turn 50. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 and the Older Americans Act (OAA) turns 25. The Older Americans Act is up for reauthorization again since its expiration in 2011. The OOA was established in […]

PBS is premiering a powerful documentary special, Caring for Mom & Dad, during the month of May, with Meryl Streep as the narrator.  Many caregivers will be able to relate to the issues presented in this documentary. Even more important than the video itself will be the conversations that follow viewing. Check your local public t.v. schedule […]

Last Friday, myself and four of my office colleagues attended a Medicare Symposium in Washington, DC.  Among the presentations was a session on the impact of Medicare on American society since 1965.  I was struck by how far reaching Medicare’s impact has been.  Specifically, how President Lyndon Johnson used the Medicare Act of 1965 to force southern hospitals […]

On January 23, 2015, the Department of Veteran Affairs proposed a rule that “would establish new requirements pertaining to the evaluation of net worth and asset transfers for pension purposes and would identify those medical expense that may be deducted from countable income for VA’s needs-based benefit programs.” The proposed rule includes a three year look-back on […]

Happy New Year.  Below are the updated 2015 key elder law numbers for both Medicare & Medicaid. 2015 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2015: Basic Part B premium: $104.90/month (no change from 2014) Part B deductible: $147 (no change […]

Last week, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which creates tax-favored accounts for children and adults whose disability occurred before age 26. The ABLE Act allows these tax-favored accounts to receive up to the annual gift tax exemption (currently $14,000 per year). Beneficiaries are restricted to one account, but anyone could […]

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