• Feds Simplify and Clarify Various Medicaid Rules for States

    Thanks to a new rule recently finalized by the federal government, obtaining and renewing health care coverage under the Medicaid program is set to become easier for millions of Americans.

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  • Senators Propose Boosting Seniors’ Social Security Benefits

    In late March 2024, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act. The Act centers on changing the formula that the SSA uses to calculate Social Security benefits for older adults.

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  • How to Get a Death Certificate After a Loved One Dies

    When a loved one passes away, it’s important to get a death certificate. This document is necessary to handle the financial and legal affairs of the deceased person.

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  • Elder Financial Abuse: How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help

    Sadly, there are seemingly limitless financial fraud schemes that affect older Americans. The impact of financial abuse is enormous. One 2023 report found that seniors lose more than $28 billion a year through all types of abusive financial acts.

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  • Does Medicare Cover Prescription Weight Loss Drugs?

    Americans have a growing appetite for prescription drugs such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro. Originally developed to treat Type 2 diabetes, they are now exploding in popularity as a weight loss treatment.

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  • How Social Security Overpayment Rules Are Changing

    By law, the Social Security Administration must attempt to recoup any overpayments it has issued, even if they were made by mistake. In many cases, the SSA would withhold entire checks from recipients it had overpaid.

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  • Claiming the Guardianship of an Elderly Parent

    If your parent did not prepare for incapacity and name a person to act as their power of attorney, you won’t be able to create a legal document after they are mentally impaired. You will need to claim guardianship.

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  • Promoting Healthy Aging During Financial Literacy Month

    As April marks Financial Literacy Month, it is an excellent time to start improving your financial literacy. Gaining financial savvy can help you handle the challenges and complexities of aging.

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  • What Legal Documents Do We Need When Dad Moves In?

    My father-in-law is 91 years old, has dementia, and is diabetic. Due to his health care needs, his wife (my husband’s stepmother) can no longer take care of him and wants my husband and his brother help care for him until a suitable care facility is found. She is willing to hand over his monthly retirement in order to help offset the costs of a care facility.

    Since he will temporarily live with us, what type of legal documents are needed since she is still considered his wife but not living with him? (Note: My husband also has power of attorney over his finances, health, and health care directives.)

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  • Can Nursing Home Release Resident to Someone Who Isn’t POA?

    I have an elderly lady who has dementia and cannot make her own decisions. Her nephew is her POA and placed her in a nursing home. However, her son, who does not have POA, took her out of the nursing facility, and now the lady is wandering and being picked up by law enforcement. Her nephew wants to place her again, but is afraid that the nursing facilities will just allow her to be discharged with the son again.

    They cannot and do not want to pursue guardianship. Do the nursing facilities abide by the POA and keep her there, or can they allow her to leave with her son?

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