Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

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…

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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…

Medicare Beneficiaries Win Right To Appeal Hospital Observation Status
February 7, 2022

A decade-long class action lawsuit, Barrows v. Becerra, has finally ended, with the outcome a win for Medicare beneficiaries who find themselves hospitalized as “observation” patients. Observation status means you are not well enough to be discharged from the hospital…

Medicare Makes Aduhelm Decision, Possible Reduction in B premiums
January 13, 2022

As elder law attorneys, we frequently assist individuals and families with the complicated legal and financial issues arising from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Naturally, we have been paying close attention to the fate of Aduhelm, the new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen….