IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2022

Long-Term Care Deductions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the amounts taxpayers of different ages can deduct from their 2022 income as a result of buying long-term care insurance, and the figures are almost the same as in 2021. Many types of Read More …

Medicare’s Limited Nursing Home Coverage

Many people believe that Medicare covers nursing home stays. In fact Medicare’s coverage of nursing home care is quite limited. Medicare covers up to 100 days of “skilled nursing care” per illness, but there are a number of requirements that Read More …

Lock in the Current Estate Tax Exemption to Benefit Your Spouse

With the fate of the estate tax exemption uncertain, you may want to use the current large exemption to transfer assets to a trust to benefit your spouse. A spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT) can help transfer assets outside of Read More …

In 2022, Social Security Disability Recipients Will See the Biggest Increase in Four Decades

The year was 1983: The U.S. invaded Grenada. A gallon of gas cost 96 cents. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video premiered. That year was also the last time that recipients of Social Security disability benefits saw a cost-of-living increase steeper than the Read More …

What It Means to Need ‘Nursing Home Level of Care’ for Medicaid Eligibility

Medicaid Qualifications

When applying for Medicaid’s long-term care coverage, in addition to the strict income and asset limits, you must demonstrate that you need a level care typically provided in a nursing home. Whether you are applying for nursing home coverage or Read More …

Social Security Shortfalls Are Predicted to Begin a Year Earlier Due to the Pandemic

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The Social Security trustees are projecting that due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic the Social Security trust fund will be depleted in 2033 — one year earlier than the previous estimates. Once the fund is depleted, Social Read More …

Medicare Open Enrollment: Review Your Choices

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Every year Medicare gives beneficiaries a window of opportunity to shop around and determine if their current Medicare plan is still the best one for them. During Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15 to December 7, beneficiaries Read More …

Consider Getting Long-Term Care Insurance Before it Isn’t Offered

Long Term Care Insurance Availability

With nursing home care in some parts of the country costing as much as $10,000 a month, a long-term need for care can deplete even the best-planned estate. As a result, many seniors buy long-term care insurance to cover this Read More …

Keep the Cost of Long-Term Care from Depleting Your Estate

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One of the greatest concerns of seniors and their families is the cost of long-term care, especially the cost of nursing home care. Long-term care refers to a range of services necessary to meet your personal needs. Most long-term care Read More …

Expanded Protections for Non-Borrowing Spouse of Reverse Mortgage Holders

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This is our first post about reverse mortgages. If you have questions about how a reverse mortgage could fit into your estate planning, please contact us for a free consultation. New Protections for the Non-Borrowing Spouse of Reverse Mortgage The Read More …

Dual Eligibility: Qualify for Both Medicare and Medicaid to Reduce Costs

Dual Eligibility

Qualifying for Medicare hardly means free health care — there are still premiums and deductibles. However, people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid (called “dual eligibility”) receive help paying their out-of-pocket costs. Medicare is a federal program available to Read More …

Medicaid Planning: Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Advice

2021 Medicare Premiums

In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater. If you use a Read More …

Saying Medicaid Estate Recovery Keeps Families in Poverty, Groups Call to Abolish It

Talking ABout Estate Planning to Parents

To qualify for Medicaid coverage of long-term care, you must satisfy very complicated financial eligibility rules—rules that often can be traps for the unwary. One of the most significant traps is Medicaid’s right to recover its expenses from your estate Read More …

Industry Group Reports 2021 Premiums for New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

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Prices of new long-term care insurance policies for 2021 have have been posted in the annual report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, an industry group. The price increases apply to new, not current policies.  Comparing the 2021 prices with 2020 Read More …

Who Should Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

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Buying long-term care insurance is one way to protect against the high cost of long-term care. However, this type of insurance may not be for everyone, so consider all your options. Long-term care – care in a nursing home or Read More …

Advanced Planning for Long-Term Care Can Protect Assets from Medicaid

Long Term Care Medicaid

When most people think of long-term care or the “need to stay in a home,” they think of it has a worst-case scenario as we approach end of life that entails losing one’s independence and personal autonomy. Although that may Read More …

Does Medicaid Cover Nursing Home Care?

Medicaid Covers Nursing Homes in Ohio

For better and for worse, Medicaid is the primary method of paying for long-term care and nursing homes in the United States. But navigating the Medicaid system is complicated and confusing. Here are the basics. What is Medicaid? Medicaid is a Read More …

What to Do with Stimulus Check if You’re in a Nursing Home or on Medicaid

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As the second (and maybe third) round of stimulus checks go out, it is important to know that nursing home residents are not required to turn their checks over to their nursing home. And Medicaid recipients need to spend the Read More …