How ObamaCare’s Repeal will Affect People with Disabilities

With the inauguration of President-Elect Trump on Friday, Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, and an open Supreme Court seat, it’s very likely that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will soon be repealed. No one knows quite how this will shake out, or exactly what the ACA will … Continue reading

Special Needs Trusts are now Easier to Create

This past Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the 21st-century Cures Act.  This new law is broad and sweeping, and passed with bipartisan support.  It includes funding for new medical research, Vice President Biden’s “cancer moonshot” program to find a cure for cancer, and, critically for our work, passage of … Continue reading

Medicaid Increases Spousal Asset Limit

If a person applies for long term care Medicaid (such as in a nursing home or assisted living facility), and his spouse still lives independently in the community, then even though the Medicaid applicant must have assets under $2,000, the community spouse may be able to keep some of the couple’s assets.  The … Continue reading

Medicaid Gifts, Look Back Period, and Nursing Home & Assisted Living Long Term Care

Long term care can be provided in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or at home with aides.  While each setting has its advantages and drawbacks, they all have high cost in common.  With care often costing over $10,000 per month long term care could wipe out your life savings.  … Continue reading

Scared, Stressed and Exhausted: What I Learned from My Elder Law Experience

Recently, I had to take a family member to the hospital for what turned out to be a long-term stay.  From there, my family member was transferred to in-patient rehabilitative care, for an even longer stay. Eventually, my family member was discharged and returned home.  Many of my clients experience … Continue reading

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