Monthly Archives: January 2017

Testimonial 11

January 31, 2017

Dearest Kandace,

Where do I begin to thank you for all you have done for dad and our family?  Your expertise was so valuable to us.  You have truly been such a pleasure to meet, work with and be guided by with both mom and dad.

I remember so well our first meeting with you in 2009 at your office. On that day, I felt so comforted and trusting in you, your knowledge, and your compassion for dad, John and I.  You have provided much peace in our care for mom and dad.  I truly do not know where dad would have been without your strategies necessary to protect him.  When mom went into a Nursing Center, your plans for both mom and dad have been so comforting and helpful to the Phelps family.
As we now mourn the loss of our sweet dad, we are very grateful for your guidance along dad’s journey.  We will be forever thankful for the gift of you in our lives since 2009.

With Thanks and Respect,
Laura and John Phelps

Cheaper Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids Could Be On The Way

January 31, 2017

Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smart phones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.

That day is coming, sooner than you may think.

Technology is already moving in this direction, and consumer marketers such as Samsung, Bose Corp., and Panasonic Corp. are reportedly readying new products of this kind. Continue reading

Wandering Poses Challenges For New Medicaid Waiver Rules

January 31, 2017

by Michelle Diament

Residents at a group home

New federal rules are set to define what type of settings qualify as home and community-based for people with disabilities. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Federal officials are chiming in on how to balance independence and safety for people with disabilities who have a tendency to wander.

In a recently-issued frequently asked questions document, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that there have been concerns as states work to implement new regulations governing Medicaid home and community-based services waivers.

108-Year-Old Ohio Woman Being Forced Out of Assisted Living Facility: ‘We Need a Miracle,’ Says Daughter

January 31, 2017

“My mom has always said the Lord will take care of her,” Susan Hatfield tells PEOPLE. “I just hope the Lord isn’t above working through GoFundMe.”

Having just celebrated her 108th birthday, Hatfield’s mom, Carrie Rausch, is in need of a miracle.

That’s because the Columbus, Ohio, matriarch has outlived her savings and will soon be forced to move out of her assisted living facility unless she can raise the $40,000 needed to pay for another year of room and board. Continue reading

2017 Updated VA Pension Benefit Rates

January 31, 2017

Pension Benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
for Non-Service Connected Disabilities

The VA Pension is a disability benefits program available to compensate veterans for non-service-connected disabilities. Like the VA compensation program, the pension program is based upon disability. However, unlike the VA compensation program, the pension program is also based on income and need, and the veteran’s disability must be total and permanent (but need not be “service-connected”).

There are three (3) types of benefits available through the VA pension program: (1) the basic pension, (2) “Housebound” benefits and (3) “Aid and Attendance” benefits. Continue reading

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2017: Our Annual Roundup

January 10, 2017

Below are figures for 2017 that are frequently used in the elder law practice or are of interest to clients.

Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2017

The new minimum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) is $24,180 and the maximum CSRA is $120,900. The maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance is $3,022.50. The minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance remains $2,002.50 ($2,502.50 for Alaska and $2,302.25 for Hawaii) until July 1, 2017. Continue reading

The Quiet War on Medicaid

January 10, 2017

Progressives have already homed in on Republican efforts to privatize Medicare as one of the major domestic political battles of 2017. If Donald J. Trump decides to gut the basic guarantee of Medicare and revamp its structure so that it hurts older and sicker people, Democrats must and will push back hard. But if Democrats focus too much of their attention on Medicare, they may inadvertently assist the quieter war on Medicaid — one that could deny health benefits to millions of children, seniors, working families and people with disabilities. Continue reading