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Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety

short-term_sm.jpgA little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance. Short-term care insurance provides coverage for nursing home or home care for one year or less.

Once a Nursing Home Resident Qualifies for Medicaid, Are There Any Rules on the Remaining $2,000 in Assets?

Hospital room In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets.

VA Pension Benefits and Medicaid Planning: Using These Tools to Defray the Cost of Elder Care

One of the biggest concerns for aging boomers is the question of how to cover the cost of nursing home care or assisted living. These are high costs that can quickly deplete the value of an estate.

Aging Drivers and License Renewals

car_driving_sm.jpgFor better or for worse, our current culture is very vehicle-dependent; in many places, cars are the only convenient link to the outside world. Unfortunately, as people age, driving can become more difficult and more dangerous. Statistically, the elderly drive less but have more crashes per mile than younger drivers. This is partially because elderly individuals are more likely to be affected by poor eyesight, chronic disease, and medications that might impair driving.

Options for Preserving Wealth While Maintaining Medicaid Eligibility

Elderly Couple.PNGThese days, to preserve your wealth while ensuring your own comfort later in life, you have to be creative. If your goals include safeguarding your nest egg, passing on wealth to future generations and covering the costs of elder care, you need a plan that integrates multiple solutions.

Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

istock_000017145240_extrasmall_sm.jpgThe federal government recently extended minimum wage and overtime protections to most home health care workers. If you are hiring a caregiver for yourself or an elderly loved one, you need to become familiar with the rules, even if the paid caregiver is a family member.

When Can You Delay Taking Medicare?

1484080881_medicare_card_sm.jpgWhile you are eligible to apply for Medicare when you are 65, there are circumstances where you might not want to, particularly if you are working full time for a larger employer or contributing to a health savings account. However, there can be penalties if you don't sign up at the right time, so it is important to know when you can delay signing up for Medicare without facing a penalty.

Repealing Obamacare Will Have Consequences for Medicare

istock_000049247842_small_sm.jpgOne of President-elect's Donald Trump's campaign promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, and Republicans in Congress have vowed to make repeal one of their first acts in the new term. While repealing Obamacare will have implications for millions of younger people covered by the insurance, it will also affect Medicare beneficiaries.

President-Elect Trump May Propose to Block Grant Medicaid

Repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was one of Donald Trump's signature campaign health care promises. But his election, coupled with Republican control of both the House and Senate, means that there will also almost certainly be a new GOP effort to turn the Medicaid program into a system of block grants to states. Under such a system, states would receive a lump sum of federal money to provide health care to low-income people, in contrast to the open-ended entitlement that Medicaid is today, with the federal government matching every dollar that states spend.

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