There are millions of senior Veterans and surviving spouses of Veterans over the age of 65 in the united states. Many of these Veterans and surviving spouses are receiving long-term care or will need some type of care in the future. What many Veterans don’t know is that there is financial assistance available from the Veterans Administration (VA) to help cover the costs. [Read more…] about Senior Veterans: Get VA Financial Help for Long-Term Health Care
One of the most common issues that Savannah elder law attorneys deal with is how to help clients when it comes to both short-term and long-term care. Folks are living longer than they ever have before due to advances in both health care and technology. Certainly, this is what people have been hoping would happen for generations, but it does bring with it some new challenges. High on that list is the increased need for short-term care (to recover from an illness or injury, for example) and long-term care. What people so often want their Savannah elder law lawyers to explain is how they can afford it and whether Medicare or Medicaid can help. [Read more…] about How Medicare and Medicaid Work for Long Term and Short Term Care
Today, the Supreme Court published it’s opinion in the case of Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc. Coming out of the Ninth Circuit in California, the case dealt with the issue of rate reductions to Medicaid providers in California. In a five to four opinion authored by Justice Breyer, the court essentially punted on the question of whether providers and Medicaid recipients have standing to bring lawsuits against the state under the Supremacy Clause in the Constitution. The court ruled that the fact that California and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) had agreed to the rate reductions sought by California subsequent to the filing of the lawsuits placed things in a different posture such that the Supremacy Clause issue was not properly before the court. The court vacated the Ninth Cicuit’s judgments and remanded the cases for further proceedings in the Ninth Circuit. Here’s the full text of the decision.
This post examines the unique planning requirements of families with children, grandchildren or other family members (such as parents) with special needs. There are numerous misconceptions in this area that can result in costly mistakes when planning for special needs beneficiaries. Understanding the pitfalls associated with special needs planning is a must for all of us who assist families who have loved ones with special needs. [Read more…] about 7 Tips for Families with Special Needs