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Steps To Prevent Stimulus Money From Jeopardizing Your Medicaid Benefits
April 2, 2021

If you or a loved one are disabled and receiving federal benefits such as Medicaid , take care when you receive your federal stimulus check. If not properly handled, the funds could put you over the asset cap and jeopardize…

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Florida Medicaid Eligibility For Nursing Home Care: Three Rule Changes You Should Know About
January 25, 2021

Many Florida seniors who require nursing home care incorrectly assume they will not qualify for Florida Medicaid benefits because they do not initially appear to meet all the financial criteria. This post tells you about recent changes in those criteria,…

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estate tax
Federal Estate Tax: How It May Impact You and Your Family
November 27, 2020

The federal estate and gift tax has long been the cause of confusion, due in part to frequent changes in the law over the past decades. Whether you have an estate plan in place or are just embarking on your…

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Medicaid Spousal Allowance
Florida Medicaid Rules For The Well Spouse’s Income
July 20, 2020

Florida rules for long-term nursing care are complicated and are actually a combination of both state and federal regulations. Among the rules of great importance for married couples is the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance, or MMMNA. What is the…

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Medicare provides COVID-related waivers for certain seniors
May 14, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Medicare is providing extra enrollment time and other accommodations for seniors who wish to enroll in Medicare. This “equitable relief” is available if: You missed the open enrollment period or a special enrollment period to…

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David Cassidy, 1970s teen hearthrob, suffering from dementia
February 27, 2017

Fans knew something was wrong when he could not remember the lyrics to songs he’d sung for decades. But for David Cassidy, it was a long-held fear come to fruition. The 1970s teen heartthrob who gained fame on the Partridge…

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long-term care
How will you pay for long-term care?
May 19, 2016

Genworth just released its latest analysis of long-term care costs. The numbers are startling. The cost Nationally, the current median cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $82,125 per year; for a private room, $92,378. That’s an…

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ABLE
IRS eases up on ABLE account regulations
December 9, 2015

As we reported earlier this year, Congress passed legislation in 2014 authorizing the establishment of tax-free ABLE accounts (acronym for “Achieving a Better Life Experience”). The ABLE program permits a disabled individual to maintain assets above $2,000, the current limit…

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What can an elder law attorney do for you?
May 21, 2012

Could you use help from a Florida Elder Law Attorney? To answer that question, we should probably start with an even more basic question: What the heck is elder law, anyway? Since May is National Elder Law Month, this is…

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How a Pooled Trust can help your disabled loved one
October 29, 2010

If you have a loved one with a disability and wish to provide for the individual without jeopardizing his/her access to vital government benefits – Medicaid or SSI, for example – you could set up an individual Special Needs Trust….

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