Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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PACE Program May Avoid Nursing Home For Your Loved One
June 4, 2024

Have you heard about PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly? Offering a variety of services, PACE can allow certain people to age at home and in the community, instead of  being admitted to a nursing home for…

Medicare Advantage Enrollees Will Get Speedier Pre-Authorization Decisions
March 11, 2024

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and have ever sought pre-authorization for a recommended medical procedure, you know the pre-authorization process can be time-consuming and too often, unsuccessful. Intended to make sure medical procedures are truly necessary,…

Social Security, Medicare Changes Coming In 2024
October 14, 2023

On October 12, the final numbers were released for  2024. Here they are: Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.2% raise in 2024. This translates to an additional $59 per month for the…

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Social Security COLA Projections For 2024
May 16, 2023

Inflation appears to be losing steam. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the inflation rate was 4.9% in April 2023, the smallest increase since April 2021 and the first increase below 5% in two years. This trend is good…

Will Medicare or Medicaid Pay For Nursing Care? It Depends on The Type of Nursing Care
May 10, 2023

Our office frequently receives calls from adult children whose parents have entered or are about to enter long-term nursing care. Accustomed to Medicare covering their parent’s medical bills, they now face a frightening fact: Medicare will not cover their parent’s…

PHE Ends
Florida Seniors Will See Changes When Covid Public Health Emergency Ends
February 12, 2023

The nationwide Public Health Emergency (PHE) brought about by the Covid pandemic is scheduled to end on May 11, 2023. It has been renewed every 90 days since it was first declared in March 2020. The end of the Public…

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Medicare Open Enrollment: Make Changes To Coverage, Avoid Scams
September 21, 2022

If you are enrolled in original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage program, the time has arrived: Medicare Open Enrollment period kicks off October 15 and runs through December 7. During this period you can make certain changes to your coverage….

Good News For Medicare Enrollees
August 25, 2022

And they said it couldn’t be done! Medicare enrollees will begin seeing savings next year and beyond thanks to The Inflation Reduction Act. Passed after years of negotiation, and along strict partisan lines in the Senate on July 21 and…

Medicare Enrollment Deadline Extended For Those Unable To Enroll By Phone
May 26, 2022

The Medicare general enrollment period ended March 31, 2022, but some people who missed the deadline are getting more time. One signs up for Medicare through Social Security. Social Security field offices were shuttered for many months, having re-opened only…

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Medicare Coverage For Virtual Visits Extended, At Least Temporarily
March 27, 2022

Will Medicare continue to cover the cost of virtual visits with your doctor? The answer is yes – at least temporarily. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, effective March 15, 2022, extends telehealth services for an additional 151 days following the end…