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

NJ Mother loses Guardianship due to Boyfriend’s Conduct

A recent judicial opinion made clear that in deciding who to appoint as guardian, New Jersey courts will look not just at the proposed guardians themselves but at the company they keep. A contested guardianship is one where different people want to be guardian or where the ward doesn’t want … Continue reading

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