Can You be Paid to Care for Your Parent?

A parent who becomes frail or starts to develop dementia rarely can be alone full time even if not yet ready for long term care in a facility. While an elder law attorney may arrange for Medicaid to fund some care at home, an adult child may need to care … Continue reading

A Guide to Buying Health Insurance in New Jersey

The Sentinel Project guide to buying health insurance in New Jersey, released by Seton Hall Law School, is an excellent resource for NJ consumers shopping for health insurance. The guide is particularly salient now, since we’re in the midst of the 2015 open enrollment period for health insurance.  Consumers have from November 15 … Continue reading

Anti-Psychotics as Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes

“Chemical restraints” – the use of anti-psychotics in nursing homes to control resident behavior – may be dangerous, illegal, and widespread. Today, NPR covered one family’s experience with chemical restraints in a nursing home. The practice involves facility doctors prescribing anti-psychotic drugs to sedate residents who create problems for the facility due … Continue reading

New Jersey Medicaid begins allowing Miller Trusts / Qualified Income Trusts

As of December 1, New Jersey has begun allowing Miller trusts / Qualified Income Trusts (QIT’s) to be used to establish Medicaid eligibility. With a Miller trust, income that would put Medicaid applicants over the long term care income limit (which in 2015 is $2,199) is deposited into a special … Continue reading

Think shopping for gifts is hard? Try shopping for healthcare!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving and Black Friday mark the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.  But what about shopping for healthcare?  Prices for TV’s and computers are clearly marked, but prices for healthcare are completely opaque.  It’s very difficult to find out how much you’ll pay for a procedure until … Continue reading

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