NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF ATTORNEYS FOR ALZHEIMER’S PLANNING

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In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $277 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion states the Alzheimer’s Association. Much of the of cost of care is absorbed by the Alzheimer’s patient and his/her family out of their own pockets. Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease is not only expensive, but also challenging. Alzheimer’s patients will experience the disease process in different ways at various stages of the disease. Caregiver responsibilities can range from paying bills and balancing the checkbook to bathing and dressing. Many care options exist in the spectrum…

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE – New Books by DAVID WINGATE.

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Alzheimer disease is a heartbreaker.  Not only is it awful for the patient, but is devastating for the caregiver.  Someone who hasn’t dealt with Alzheimer’s disease, can’t imagine the stress of constant pacing, up at all times of the day and night, the fidgeting, the safety concerns, and of course the memory loss.  How long can you continue at this pace?  So you fret and you worry about all kinds of things:  how is it effecting the kids and grandkids; who will care for your spouse if something happens to you; can your spouse continue to drive and for how…

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For a Larger Social Security Check, Tap Your IRA First

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Many people who wind up with a smaller Social Security check because they claim their benefit early could have waited longer to file, thanks to funds in their individual retirement account. That’s the finding from a recently published study in the Journal of Pension Economics & Finance. Source/more: CNBC   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney…

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When Seniors Turn to Suicide in Long-Term Care

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In a nation where suicide continues to climb, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2017, such deaths among older adults — including the 2.2 million who live in long-term care settings — are often overlooked. A six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult care homes. Source/more: Kaiser Health News   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by…

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A Senior’s Weakness for Scams May Be Warning Sign of Dementia

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New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease. Source/more: New York Times   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid…

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Democratic Proposals to Overhaul Health Care: A 2020 Primer

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About 20 million Americans have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act since it was passed in 2010, but nearly 9 percent — 30 million people — still don’t have health insurance. Source/more: The Hill     For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning…

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Jimmo Implementation Update: Where Is CMS?

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The Settlement Agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius, No. 5:11-CV-17 (D. Vt) was approved by a federal district court in January 2013. Unfortunately, more than six years since the Settlement’s approval, the Center for Medicare Advocacy still regularly hears from beneficiaries facing erroneous “Improvement Standard” denials in home health, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient therapy settings. As a result, the Center advises beneficiaries and their families to continue citing the Jimmo Settlement and related materials when challenging denials based on an erroneous “Improvement Standard.” Source/more: Center for Medicare Advocacy See also: CMS Statement about Jimmo  For a complete list of upcoming seminars,…

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Secretary’s Motions Denied in Class Action Seeking Appeal Right of Observation Status Designation of Hospitalized Medicare Recipients (D. Conn.)

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Several Medicare beneficiaries or their estates filed a class action to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to afford them a process to challenge the decision when they are hospitalized to admit them either as inpatients or place them on observation status. Because Medicare covers the cost of a skilled nursing facility upon discharge only if the patients spent at least three consecutive days as a hospital inpatient, the named plaintiffs incurred thousands of dollars in post-hospital skilled nursing facility (SNF) costs as a result of their observation status classification even though each had spent multiple days in…

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Feds Boost 2020 Medicare Advantage Payments to Insurers by 2.53 Percent

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The U.S. government on Monday said it would increase by 2.53 percent on average 2020 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and people with disabilities, a reflection of a new estimate on medical cost growth. Source/more: Reuters   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning…

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