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When Can an Adult Child Be Liable for a Parent's Nursing Home Bill?

16744-signing contract.jpgAlthough a nursing home cannot require a child to be personally liable for their parent's nursing home bill, there are circumstances in which children can end up having to pay, and it is extremely important to read any admission agreements carefully before signing.

More States Asking to Eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Benefits

16698-Medicaid on MOney.jpgArizona and Florida are the latest states to request a waiver from the requirement that states provide three months of retroactive Medicaid coverage to eligible Medicaid recipients.

Proving That a Transfer Was Not Made in Order to Qualify for Medicaid

16600-Giving money.jpgMedicaid law imposes a penalty period if you transferred assets within five years of applying, but what if the transfers had nothing to do with Medicaid? It is difficult to do, but if you can prove you made the transfers for a purpose other than to qualify for Medicaid, you can avoid a penalty.

Be on the Lookout for New Medicare Cards (and New Card-Related Scams)

16604-New-Medicare-Card-Banner-Image.pngThe federal government is issuing new Medicare cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the new cards will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them.

Report Finds Lack of Government Oversight of Assisted Living Facilities

16552-Rules and Regulations.jpgThe government is spending billions to fund assisted living services through Medicaid, but government oversight and regulation of assisted living facilities is lacking, according to a new government report.

Turning 65? What You Need to Know about Signing up for Medicare

335437f123.jpgThe first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 65 on January 1, 2011, and some 10,000 boomers a day will reportedly be turning 65 between now and 2030. If you are about to turn 65, then it is time to think about Medicare. You become eligible for Medicare as soon as you turn 65, and delaying your enrollment can result in penalties, so it is important to act right away.

How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?

1e3ae69773.jpgPlanning for retirement and deciding whether to buy long-term care insurance would be a lot easier if you knew your odds of needing long-term care, as well as at what age and for how long. Unfortunately, there's no definite answer. However, some statistics do provide a bit of guidance.

Choosing and Evaluating a Nursing Home

f1d3bc9912.jpgCan there be a more difficult job than finding a nursing home for a parent or spouse? No one wants to live in a nursing home. They serve as institutions of last resort when it's impossible to provide the necessary care in any other setting. And, typically, the search takes place under the gun when a hospital or rehabilitation center is threatening discharge or it's no longer possible for the loved one to live at home. Finally, in most cases, finding the right nursing home is a once-in-a-lifetime task, one you're taking on without the experience of having done it before.

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