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What You should Know about Miller Trusts in New Jersey


Miller trusts are coming to New Jersey. We’ve covered the basics in previous posts, and now I want to cover some current issues with Miller trusts and Medicaid that consumers and practitioners should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know: Miller trusts won’t be up and running on … Continue reading


Medicare Advantage plans may not be Advantageous


Medicare open enrollment begins on Wednesday. To kick off the season, the New York Times reported over the weekend that federal officials have repeatedly criticized and fined Medicare Advantage health plans for violations, including improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage of prescription drugs. Medicare … Continue reading


Child Can be Liable for Parent’s Health Care Costs


Pennsylvania (like many other states) has a filial responsibility law that generally requires children with means to support an indigent parent. While it may seem unfair, a Pennsylvania court recently enforced the law to hold a son liable for his mother’s $93,000 nursing home bill despite the son’s claim that … Continue reading


Miller Trusts Lift NJ Medicaid Income Cap for Assisted Living & Home Health Aides


For many years New Jersey’s medical assistance program (“Medicaid”) could help seniors and disabled people with modest incomes fund long term care in nursing home, assisted living facility, or residence with home health aides. However, New Jersey’s Medicaid income cap ($2,163 per month in 2014) limited seniors and disabled people … Continue reading


Supreme Court will hear Idaho Case on Medicaid Reimbursement Rates


The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states can be sued to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates, in a case that will undoubtedly impact the future of Medicaid. Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center arises out of a lawsuit by Idaho healthcare providers who contended that Idaho was unfairly keeping Medicaid reimbursement … Continue reading


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