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Medicaid Income Asset Limits for Eligibility for Nursing Home Benefits 2019

The following dollar amounts represent the Medicaid income and asset limits for 2019. If an individual exceeds these limits, they will not qualify for Florida Medicaid Institutional Care Program benefits, to help pay the cost of long term care in a skilled nursing facility. Often, when someone has excess income or assets, there are legal…

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Prevent Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Vulnerable Adult!

Sometimes called the “crime of the twenty-first century,” financial exploitation of the elderly is becoming rampant. Statistics show that one in every twenty seniors has been the victim of financial abuse of the elderly, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association (“NAPSA). Most of the abusers are family members, or close friends, and almost…

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Medicaid Bill Prevents Spousal Impoverishment for Home Care Coverage

Spousal impoverishment for the community spouse who stays at home when the other spouse is in a skilled nursing home is always an important issue. Members of the U.S. House house of representatives have taken a step toward extending some of the financial protections provided to seniors receiving long-term care in home or community settings.…

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Trump Administration Strengthens Nursing Home Oversight and Safety to Ensure Adequate Staffing

The following message was released on November 30, 2018, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced actions that will bolster nursing home oversight and improve transparency in order to ensure that facilities are staffed adequately to provide high-quality long term care. These…

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Long Term Care and Nursing Home Facts for Florida

Interesting Facts About Long Term Care In Florida Florida nursing homes are serving increasingly diverse patient base and providing a greater variety of acute care, rehabilitative and convalescent services that cannot be delivered elsewhere. Key Facts There are 683 licensed nursing homes in Florida, representing approximately 83,587 beds (Souce: Agency for Health Care Administration) The estimated…

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Home Health Care Patients With Chronic Conditions Are Having Trouble Getting Medicare

Medicare is supposed to provide up to 35 hours a week of home care to those who qualify, but many Medicare patients with chronic conditions are being wrongly denied such care, according to Kaiser Health News. For a variety of reasons, many home health care agencies are simply telling patients they are not covered. Medicare…

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How Will Tax Reform Impact Seniors and Persons with Disabilities?

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is now officially law. Both the House and Senate passed the new tax reform bill in December with straight party-line votes and no support from Democrats. President Trump signed it into law right before Christmas. It is the first overhaul of the tax code in more than 30…

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National Long-Term Care Spending Hits All-Time High at $163 Billion

Americans spent nearly $163 billion for long-term care in skilled nursing facilities and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) in 2016, according to a recent U.S. Government report. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ National Health Care Spending report for 2016, published December 27, 2017, in Health Affairs, found that total healthcare spending in the…