Medicaid

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 […]

It is important for nursing home residents and their families to fully understand what is contained in a nursing home admission contract prior to signing the agreement.  One of the provisions that is likely contained in a nursing home admission contract is an arbitration provision.  Below is a New York Times article regarding whether an agent […]

As one of three social workers for our firm, I assist our public benefits team with setting expectations for our clients on the Medicaid process in New Jersey. 1. Our public benefits team and the public benefits specialist assigned to you will always provide you with a list of documents needed to jumpstart your loved one’s Medicaid […]

We work with many families who agonize over the necessity to place a loved one in a nursing home.  It is never an easy decision.  As an elder care law firm, our goal is to help the caregiver loved ones do what is best for the elderly individual, and minimize the financial and emotional impact on a […]

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 […]

The Importance of Obtaining the Proper Advice When Planning for Your Elderly Loved One More and more seniors and their families are seeking the assistance of a senior professional to help guide them through the maze of long-term care planning options. In many situations in which seniors face the prospect of long-term care costs, Medicaid […]

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 […]

Nursing home residents often want to participate in holiday gatherings but may worry they will lose Medicare coverage if they leave the facility to do so.  Residents and their families can put their minds at ease.  According to Medicare law, nursing home residents may leave their facility for family events without losing their Medicare coverage.  However, […]

I am not sure if this term actually exists or I have created it, but I am defining Mediphobia as the fear of applying for Medicaid.  For many individuals the idea of filing a Medicaid application on behalf of loved one can be daunting and overwhelming.  There is a lot of financial documentation and paperwork […]

Since the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (“DRA”), the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (“Department”) has attempted to limit the use of annuities in the asset protection strategy known as “half-a-loaf” gifting.  Half-a-loaf gifting is a technique used to reduce a Medicaid applicant’s resources by gifting one-half of his or her resources […]

Case Law Update – Federal Appeals Court Rules Short Term Annuities Are Not Resources Preventing Medicaid Eligibility On September 2, 2015, in the case of Zahner vs. Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, a federal appeals court ruled that annuities with certain characteristics, including nonassignability clauses, are not assets to be counted as resources” for purposes of […]

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 […]