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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2014 – With careful financial planning, many people are able to enjoy a comfortable retirement and leave a substantial estate to their heirs. But one often-unconsidered factor has the potential to add a large additional expense to the balance sheet: the possibility that one will require long-term care in a skilled nursing facility. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, most people over age 65 will require long-term care services of some type in their lifetime, and 40 percent will require nursing home care for some period of time. Many […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2014 – The assistance of an elder law attorney when applying for Medicaid is essential to make sure that your interests and assets are protected. Many people think of Medicaid as a service that is only for the poor, but it has also become the default method for many people to pay for long-term care, such as one receives in a skilled nursing facility. There are income and asset limits that need to be met to be eligible for Medicaid, but there are legal strategies that can be used to protect some […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2014 – This shocking case involves a man on the operating table for open-heart surgery. His surgeon left before closing, designating someone else to finish. “This case is hard to get your head around,” says Darren Monroe, of Litigation Funding, Michigan. “It’s difficult to understand why a surgeon would walk away from an operation and hand over closing the open chest to an inexperienced junior physician.” In this case, a Fresno, California cardiologist did just that – walked out of an OR before cardiac surgery was done. The medical negligence lawsuit alleges that […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Medicare is preparing to crack down on “pill mill” doctors and others who improperly prescribe drugs. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule that, for the first time, would allow regulators to ban doctors who write harmful or fraudulent prescriptions from participating in Medicare. “In Florida, we have seen the substantial impact that common-sense reforms have on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “In 2011, we implemented strict new controls on dangerous narcotic painkillers. Most doctors cannot dispense these drugs from their offices, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2014 – Prospects for Medicaid expansion in Virginia got a boost in the recent gubernatorial election, but they are still far from definite. Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the November 2013 election after campaigning on a promise to support the expansion of Medicaid spelled out in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” But his role will, for the most part, be limited to the bully pulpit, urging state legislators to adopt the optional low-income health care expansion. “Expanding Medicaid would greatly help many elderly and low-income individuals and families in Virginia,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2014 – The 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities comes without the passage of a key treaty. December 3, 2013 marked the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Day was initiated by the United Nations, and it seeks to raise awareness of people with disabilities across the globe. It draws focus to the issues they face and promotes the discovery of new ways to remove some of the obstacles that they attempt to overcome in society. On a global level, the sheer number of people with disabilities […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A bill to restore $90 million in funding for services for people who are developmentally disabled was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, who has an adult son who is disabled and Sen. Martin Golden, D-Brooklyn. The legislation was in response to Gov. Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal, which called for cuts to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Gov. Cuomo said the cuts were enacted after the federal […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – The Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads has asked Jenny Hatch to be its grand marshal for its annual awareness 5K run and walk this October. Ms. Hatch, they say, has become a symbol of hope. Ms. Hatch has also received numerous speaking invitations from different organizations. Why all of the attention? Ms. Hatch, a 29-year-old Virginia woman who has Down syndrome, was part of a landmark rights case for people with disabilities. Ms. Hatch found resolution after an unusually long guardianship case while a judge weighed a request from […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2013 – Stiff penalties for careless Medicaid planning make it necessary for families to form a proper strategy many years ahead of time. Medicaid provides health care for those with little assets or income and is the most popular way to pay for long-term nursing home care. Long-term care is very expensive, making Medicaid the only option for many families who need it, but qualifying for Medicaid usually requires very low asset levels. As Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook explains, this can lead families to make missteps with severe consequences. “A […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – There are many elder care options available for an older parent in declining health. When an elder begins to need additional care, the question of how to provide it can seem overwhelming for the adult children who often take on the responsibility. While there are several options for elder care, there is no one simple answer, according to Waxahachie elder law attorney John Hale. “The choice you make for elder care depends on individual circumstances,” said Hale. “Some factors you will need to consider are whether the home is still safe […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – Though a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can distress a patient and their loved ones, elder care advocates indicate it is critical they immediately begin advance planning for financial arrangements and health care. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of cognitive decline, but it can last for many years. Putting plans into place early can help make a significant difference in how that time can be spent. If someone suspects that there are memory issues or other cognitive concerns, they should see a neurologist, geriatric assessment clinic or memory clinic for testing. If […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – A pilot program to reform Medicaid in Virginia was recently approved by federal health care regulators. The three-year program will affect over 78,000 Virginians who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare – so-called “dually eligible” individuals. It is a crucial first step in reforms state lawmakers are requiring before they will expand Virginia’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. “This program affects some of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens,” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “If it can provide them with better access to health care while also creating […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – Some life insurance policyholders are selling their policies to fund long-term care, but at what ultimate cost? Bills in numerous states, including California, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana and New Jersey, are allowing elderly residents to sell their life insurance policies to pay for custodial health care. “For anyone concerned about their long-term care, selling off their life insurance is not their only option,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Long-term care insurance is designed specifically to ensure that no one needs to borrow from the future, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – The state of New York has several major public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, commonly known as “Regular Medicaid.” While Regular Medicaid in New York offers extensive health care services including: dental care; diagnostic testing; home care; hospitalization; mental health support; out-patient care at hospitals and community clinics; and physical therapy, clients of Medicaid in New York must receive their prescription drugs via Medicare Part D. Any individual currently receiving or about to begin receiving New York State Medicaid must join a Medicare prescription drug plan, or they will lose […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2013 – Virginia has not agreed to expand Medicaid, the governor told the Obama administration. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Governor Bob McDonnell clarified language contained in the state’s recently-passed budget. The provisions outline “a series of reforms that must be completed to the satisfaction of a new legislative commission prior to consideration of Medicaid expansion,” the letter said. The governor wrote that some in the media and the state capitol had interpreted this as an approval of Medicaid expansion, a characterization McDonnell called “absolutely incorrect.” […]


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Somerville, MA (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2011 – A family from a community on Boston’s North Shore, represented by Massachusetts Disability Attorney Michael Couture of law firm Moschella & Winston, recently prevailed in reversing a Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) policy denying critical support services for their autistic son. The purpose of the DDS Program is to prevent disabled children from living in a state-operated facility. DDS offers funding that allows the child to remain at home and be educated within the community. The program provides an array of services and supports that supplement other services that the […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2011 – Given the convoluted and ambiguous set of provisions that are our federal and state Medicaid laws, it is a wonder how any lawmaker could expect individuals, especially seniors with compromised health, to apply for benefits on their own. Federal regulations require Medicaid caseworkers to be helpful to those who file for benefits, but state and federal budgetary constraints have created a reality that is much more frustrating than the printed law would suggest. Many individuals file applications unprepared for the minutiae that will delay the processing of their application for several […]


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