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Assisted living facilities support older adults with daily living while fostering their independence. Individuals who do not require round-the-clock nursing but need help with everyday activities like bathing, housekeeping, medications, and meal preparation can benefit from assisted living. Some seniors choose to move into assisted living following a frightening event,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Fong Law Group
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In November 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare coverage will be expanded to include medically necessary dental services. This change in Medicare rules will allow people with life-threatening conditions to receive dental care and operations related to conditions approved by CMS. The provisions in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2023 at Fong Law Group
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When Medicare declines to cover your medical needs, the denial can leave you with an expensive medical bill. If Medicare refuses to cover your care, do not assume this means you will have to take on the financial burden. As a beneficiary of Medicare, you have the right to appeal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2023 at Fong Law Group
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2023 federal guidelines for how much money the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep, as well as related Medicaid figures. What Are Spousal Impoverishment Rules? Spousal impoverishment is a concern for older couples when there is one spouse... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at Fong Law Group
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A Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT) is one option a person may consider to protect their assets from Medicaid and nursing homes or long-term care. A MAPT is an irrevocable trust created during your lifetime. The primary goal of a MAPT is to transfer assets to it so that Medicaid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Medicare is federal health insurance for people over 65, some younger people with disabilities, and those with end-stage renal disease. Coverage of housekeeping services under Medicare can depend on several factors. Coverage Under Original Medicare? Medicare is comprised of Part A and Part B coverage. It is often referred to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2022 at Fong Law Group
A diagnosis of dementia, a category of diseases affecting memory and thinking that includes Alzheimer’s disease, can feel overwhelming and upsetting. You might worry that you will lose control over your life and ability to make your own decisions. Fortunately, receiving a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s does not mean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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As people age, accessing healthy meals can become more challenging. According to Feeding America, one in five older adults was food-insecure in 2020. Some older adults struggle with affording healthy foods, whereas others have difficulty going to the grocery store and preparing meals when recovering from an illness or injury.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Seniors who rely on Medicaid and live in nursing homes receive a personal needs allowance — a monthly stipend the Medicaid recipient can use to pay for needs that Medicaid does not cover. Medicaid restricts the amount of the allowance and how it is used. If recipients do not use... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Every year, 16 million people in the United States care for family and friends with dementia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Caregivers of people with dementia provide care for longer durations than those who assist individuals with other conditions. They also have comparably higher risks for anxiety,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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For the first time in more than 10 years, Medicare Part B enrollees will see some of their costs decline. In an announcement issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency outlined changes to the premium, deductible, and co-payment amounts for numerous Medicare costs taking effect... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Recent research by the Kaiser Family Foundation examined the differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. While people in either program were similarly satisfied with their care and overall care coordination, some distinctions became apparent. Traditional Medicare’s Strengths Traditional Medicare is a federal health insurance program for adults 65 and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Medicaid imposes strict rules on how much money and assets an applicant can have. To qualify for Medicaid, you must fall under the asset limit, which is $2,000 in most states. Even with greater than $2,000 in assets, however, you may be able to get on Medicaid by establishing a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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A recent survey by the American Advisors Group (AAG) finds that 55 percent of adult children say they are not financially prepared to help their Baby Boomer parents cope with rising inflation and living expenses. “Americans want to see their parents age with grace and dignity and have the resources... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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If your loved one is entering a nursing home, you may worry whether you could be liable for their care. Under federal law, a facility cannot require a family member or friend to co-sign an admission agreement and take on personal liability. However, nursing homes around the country still try... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Long-term care insurance helps you prepare for financial costs associated with aging, such as nursing home care, assisted living, or in-home care. Yet long-term care insurance policies vary widely in terms of the amount of coverage and how long the protection lasts. The Average Costs of Care The 2021 Genworth... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff work hard to care for their patients when they are sick or hurt. However, even when a procedure is done to save a patient’s life, a hospital cannot act without patient consent. If a patient cannot speak for themselves and express their wishes, the hospital... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Many seniors find themselves in need of Medicaid to pay for their long-term care but are surprised to learn that their modest monthly income may disqualify them. The reason for this is that Medicaid is a “means-tested” benefit. In other words, you must not have income exceeding certain thresholds in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Older adults have access to hundreds of federal and state benefits programs. Many retirees meet the requirements for these aids, yet do not know they are eligible and miss opportunities to receive assistance. Others can feel overwhelmed by complex application processes. BenefitsCheckUp, the National Council on Aging’s online resource, helps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Many senior citizens may need the services of a nursing home or at-home care at some point in their life. You might assume that government assistance or health insurance will step in and cover the cost if you cannot afford these services. Unfortunately, neither health insurance nor Medicare covers long-term... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Medigap premiums for plans from insurance companies offering the same benefits vary widely, so it pays to be a smart shopper. Federal law requires that each insurance company offers the same benefits for each of the Medigap plans lettered A through M, but each company sets its own premium rates.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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If medical personnel are able to access your medical history during an emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death. But if, for example, you are injured, in shock, suffering from dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, you may not be able to provide that information yourself. There are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government agency that disburses Social Security, name you as the representative payee for that person. Being a representative payee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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Nursing home evictions, or involuntary discharges or transfers, disrupt the lives of residents, leading to homelessness, separation from familial support systems, and loss of care. As federal law covers all federally funded nursing home residents, nursing home evictions are legal only in particular instances, such as: The nursing home can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2022 at Fong Law Group
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An advisory issued in June warns people against using a series of adult portable bed rail models after at least three people — including one in a nursing home and another in an assisted living facility — were entangled in them and died of asphyxia. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Fong Law Group