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It's Open Enrollment Season: Is Your Medicare Plan Still Working For You?

16896-Open Enrollment.jpgDo you have the right Medicare plan? It is fall, which means it is time to think about whether your current plan is still giving you the best coverage or whether a new plan could save you money or offer better coverage. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, during which you can freely enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7.

It's Now Harder for Veterans to Qualify for Long-Term Care Benefits

16870-Veterans.jpgThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for long-term care benefits. The rules establish an asset limit, a look-back period, and asset transfer penalties for claimants applying for VA pension benefits, including the Aid and Attendance benefit, that require a showing of financial need.

Where's My New Medicare Card?

16765-checking mailbox.jpgTo prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the federal government is issuing new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries that will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them. The government began mailing the cards in April 2018 and the new cards should be completely distributed by April 2019.

Medicare Extends Deadline for Relief from Part B Penalties

16752-Medicare with Money.jpgMedicare is extending its offer of relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. Beneficiaries who qualify will be able to enroll in Medicare Part B without paying a penalty for late enrollment if they enroll by September 30, 2018.

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.

Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

16542-old parent young child.jpgDriven in part by changing cultural mores and surrogate motherhood, older parents are becoming more and more common. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. If you are a later-in-life parent, you should take into account several special estate planning and retirement considerations.

Spending Down (or Exempting) Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

16479-Pay money.jpgMedicaid has strict asset rules that compel many applicants to "spend down" their assets before they can qualify for coverage. It is important to know what you can spend your money on without endangering Medicaid eligibility.

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