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Why Are End of Life Conversations Important? End of Life Decisions!

When our client’s daughter, Natalie entered the emergency room of the hospital, the scene was very intense. Her mother, who lived in a care center had been very ill for months. The paramedics that had brought her in were working… Read More

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The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income.… Read More

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ABLE Accounts Changes From Tax Act You Should Know About

If you have a loved one with disabilities, you may be familiar with ABLE accounts, authorized by Congress in 2014 under the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. States can offer ABLE accounts to help people who become disabled before… Read More

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What’s Involved with Medicaid Planning? Is it Complex?

Is Medicaid planning complex? Sometimes, Medicaid planning can be easy. An example might be when there is a need for a Qualified Income Trust, for a nursing home resident who has spent down their assets to practically zero, and whose… Read More

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Medicaid Planning, and Qualified Income Trusts, Are the Practice of Law

Frequently, we are asked whether the client can engage in Medicaid planning and the preparation of a qualified income trust, or Miller Trust, on their own. The short answer is that “yes” a person can do their own Medicaid planning… Read More

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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… Read More

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Prevent Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Vulnerable Adult!

The statistics are frightening! 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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More