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Long-Term Care Costs on the Rise

16365-Rising costs.jpgThe median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5% from 2016, according to Genworth's 2017 Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $85,775, up 4.44% from 2016. The rise in prices is much larger than the 1.24% and 2.27% gains in 2016.

Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

Webp.net-resizeimage (3).jpgMany seniors and their families don't use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they're afraid of the cost. But an attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one.

Don't Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage

istock_000017145240_extrasmall_sm.jpgHave you or a loved one been denied Medicare-covered services because you're "not improving"? Many health care providers are still not aware that Medicare is required to cover skilled nursing and home care even if a patient is not showing improvement. If you are denied coverage based on this outdated standard, you have the right to appeal.

Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

Webp.net-resizeimage (1).jpgNo one wants to think about his or her death, but a little preparation in the form of a prepaid funeral contract can be useful. In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be a good way to spend down assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

Medicare Preventive Services: What's Free and What Isn't?

Webp.net-resizeimage.jpgWhen we're young, we believe that we're invincible, which makes it harder to admit as we age that our bodies naturally need more care. Normal aging affects the heart, bones, and joints, so preventive care is key to avoiding aging that could be harmful to your health.

Relief From Medicare's Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

istock_000022816678_small_sm.jpgMedicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll in Medicare Part B without paying a penalty for late enrollment.

The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

piggy_bank_and_calculator_sm.jpgImmediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income.

It's Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices

Are your Medicare plans still working for you? Medicare's open enrollment period, in which you can enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7. Now is the time to review your options to determine if switching plans could save you money.

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