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

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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 …

Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

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After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient’s care. This is called “estate recovery.” For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, 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

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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

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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 …

Senators Propose Sweeping Changes to the Taxation of Estates and Inherited Gains

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Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (D) has introduced legislation that would require more estates to pay estate tax and that raises the amounts they would pay. Another proposed law would eliminate the step-up in basis that inherited assets currently enjoy. Taken Read More …

Medicaid Recipients Have More Time to Spend Down Stimulus Check

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The one-year deadline for nursing home residents on Medicaid to spend down their first round of stimulus checks is here, but they may have a little extra time. Stimulus Checks Excluded From Medicaid’s Resource Limits for 12 Months In March Read More …

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

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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 …

Prepare for Medicaid with These Estate Planning Tips

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Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper long-term care planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. Long-term care can Read More …

What is Long-Term Care and Who Provides It?

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Long-term care is the care you need if you can’t perform daily activities on your own for an extended period of time. There are a number of different ways that long-term care can be provided which are explained in our Read More …

Rise in Assisted Living Facility Costs Amid Pandemic

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All long-term care costs rose sharply in 2020, but assisted living facility costs increased the most, according to Genworth’s latest annual Cost of Care Survey. The across-the-board rises were due in part to increased costs brought on by the coronavirus Read More …

Ability to Take Early Withdrawals from Retirement Plan Without Penalty Expires Soon

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Those that are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, may want to consider withdrawing money from retirement accounts while they can still avoid a penalty. The special exemption allowing early withdrawals without a penalty ends soon. Passed in Read More …

Plan for a Small Increase in 2021 Medicare Premiums

2021 Medicare Premiums

Medicare premiums are set to rise a modest amount next year, but still cut into any Social Security gains. The basic monthly premium will increase $3.90, from $144.60 a month to $148.50. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Read More …