Qualifying for Medicaid with a Prepaid Funeral

A prepaid funeral fund may seem morbid or distasteful to some. But for people who need long term care, a prepaid funeral trust may be an attractive way to put money to use that would otherwise be lost. Long term care in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with … Continue reading

Creating a Special Needs Trust that Works for You

These days there are a lot of lawyers offering to create a special needs trust. A special needs trust is a legal instrument that allows families to set aside money for a person with disabilities, without disqualifying her from public benefits like Medicaid and SSI. If you have a child … Continue reading

Gov’t proposes new regulations for nursing homes and other care facilities

The federal government has proposed new regulations that govern how nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long term care facilities treat their residents. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed regulations in the federal register in July 2015, and is taking public comments. Many of … Continue reading

ABLE Act gets proposed Federal Regulations and NJ Bill

Since I’ll be speaking about the ABLE Act next week at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s 21st annual Sophisticated Elder Law Conference, now would be a good time to mention that there have been some recent developments with ABLE accounts. For readers who don’t know, an ABLE … Continue reading

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

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