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Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

How to Appeal a Medicare Prescription Drug Denial

December 30, 2019

If your Medicare drug plan denies coverage for a drug you need, you don’t have to simply accept it. There are several steps you can take to fight the decision. The insurers offering Medicare drug plans choose the medicines — both brand-name and generic — that they will include in…

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Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Long-Term Care Insurance Policyholder Wins Suit Against Company for Hiking Premiums

December 30, 2019

A long-term care policyholder has successfully sued her insurance company for breach of contract after the company raised her premiums. At age 56, Margery Newman bought a long-term care insurance policy from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She chose an option called “Reduced-Pay at 65” in which she paid higher premiums…

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Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

New Federal Law Puts Focus on Preventing Elder Abuse

December 30, 2019

A new federal law is designed to address the growing problem of elder abuse. The law supports efforts to better understand, prevent, and combat both financial and physical elder abuse. The prevalence of elder abuse is hard to calculate because it is underreported, but according to the National Council on…

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Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

December 30, 2019

A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes. The case involves two brothers who got into a fight over whether to place their mother in a nursing home – a dispute that…

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Avoid Sibling Disputes Over Caregiving By Putting It in Writing

December 30, 2019

Caring for an elderly parent can be stressful for families. Siblings may disagree over how to provide care or where a parent will live, and if these squabbles escalate into a guardianship battle, it can cost the family thousands of dollars. To avoid this, lawyers have begun drafting sibling agreements…

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A Guidebook to Planning for Old Age

December 30, 2019

Joy Loverde. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 2017. 313 pages. Click here to order book via IndieBound.org Millions of Americans are facing old age essentially alone. One in three…

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Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

December 30, 2019

Older parents are becoming more common, driven in part by changing cultural mores and surrogate motherhood. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. But later-in-life parents have some special…

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Congrats! Your child is accepted to college… now what?

December 30, 2019

Preparing to send your son or daughter to college is one of the most exciting, and nerve-wrecking times for a parent! You’ll worry whether they will eat properly, study enough, and get enough sleep. While you can’t help these everyday concerns, you can prepare for the big ones: if your…

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Home Health Care Patients With Chronic Conditions Are Having Trouble Getting Medicare

December 27, 2019

Medicare is supposed to provide up to 35 hours a week of home care to those who qualify, but many Medicare patients with chronic conditions are being wrongly denied such care, according to Kaiser Health News. For a variety of reasons, many home health care agencies are simply telling patients…

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Costs of Some New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Going Down in 2018

December 27, 2019

While long-term care insurance costs are up in general, some policies are going down in 2018, according to the 2018 Long Term Care Insurance Price Index, an annual report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), an industry group. A married couple who are both 60 years old…

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