As Medicaid turns 50, White House holds Conference on Aging

This month, Medicare and Medicaid turn 50. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act into law, which created the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Today, these programs provide health coverage for tens of millions of Americans, including many seniors, disabled people and low-income families who would … Continue reading

Medicare Set-Asides: Make an Informed Decision

If you’re a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, and you get Medicare or expect to get it soon, then you need to be aware of your obligations to Medicare. Under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSPA), Medicare doesn’t pay for healthcare where someone else has primary responsibility, such as … Continue reading

How to Qualify for Disability Benefits, Part 2

I wrote earlier on this blog about one key component of qualifying for disability benefits – proving that you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” In addition, you also must meet the eligibility requirements of each program. There are two main financial benefits: Social Security Disability insurance (SSD / SSDI), … Continue reading

Nursing Home Debts are subject to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, according to 2d Cir.

A nursing home debt is subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), according to the Second Circuit federal appeals court in New York. In Eades v. Kennedy, PC, a Pennsylvania nursing home resident died with an unpaid bill owed to the nursing home. The nursing home hired a … Continue reading

Key Considerations in Settling an Estate

Administering an estate can be a daunting task.  Where the decedent leaves a will, the person(s) named as executor(s) must probate the will and fulfill the duties of the estate personal representative.   Where there is no will, the Surrogate’s Court appoints an administrator to fulfill these obligations.  Either way, the executor/administrator must … Continue reading

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