Proposed Federal Legislation Would Add Dental, Vision Coverage to Medicare

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  Medicare beneficiaries would get dental, vision and hearing coverage if several bills now before Congress pass.   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 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 and asset…

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Researchers Find High-Intensity Exercise Improves Memory in Seniors

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  Researchers at McMaster University who examine the impact of exercise on the brain have found that high-intensity workouts improve memory in older adults.   SOURCE/MORE: EUREKALERT       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,…

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Georgia Releases Broad ACA Waiver Application

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  On November 4, 2019, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia released a new draft waiver application under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that, if approved, would reshape the state’s insurance market.   SOURCE/MORE: HEALTH AFFAIRS 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…

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Poor Financial Decision-Making Can Be a Sign of Dementia or Alzheimer’s

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  Unpaid bills, overdrawn accounts, dwindling investments: When seniors begin experiencing fiscal troubles, early dementia or Alzheimer’s disease could be an underlying cause, researchers say.   SOURCE/MORE: WEBMD/HEALTH DAY   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,…

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Social Security COLA for 2020 is 1.6%

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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020. The earnings limit for workers who are younger than “full” retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) will increase to $18,240. The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2020 will increase to $48,600. There is no limit on earnings for workers who are “full” retirement age or older for the entire year. Read more about the COLA, tax, benefit, and earning amounts for 2020 (pdf file). SOURCE/MORE: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION For a complete list of upcoming…

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Important Update to Nursing Home Compare Will Enable Public to Identify Facilities with a History of Abuse

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On October 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to Nursing Home Compare that will make it easier for residents and families to identify facilities with a history of resident abuse, neglect, or exploitation.   SOURCE/MORE: CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY 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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Drumbeat Builds for a Peace Corps of Caregivers

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The Administration for Community Living, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps. If it’s successful, healthy retirees and young adults would take seniors to doctor appointments, shop for groceries, shovel snowy sidewalks, make beds, mop floors, or simply visit a few times a week. 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 David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com…

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Hearing Aids May Help Delay Dementia, Depression in Elders

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  For older adults, hearing aids may delay some forms of mental and physical decline associated with hearing loss and aging, a U.S. study suggests. Among people who’d been diagnosed with hearing loss, those who used hearing aids were up to 18 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia, depression, or fall-related injuries over the next three years compared to people not using the devices researchers report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.   SOURCE/MORE: REUTERS         For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only…

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On YouTube, People with Disabilities Create Content to Show and Normalize Their Experiences

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  Ruby Ardolf, 14, has her own YouTube channel, featuring familiar aspects of a teen’s daily life and merchandise with messages of kindness and inclusion. But Ruby is not a typical teen vlogger. She is disabled — one of 12 people worldwide with a genetic condition called Stromme syndrome, which results in microcephaly (small brain), and impaired vision and motor functioning.   SOURCE/MORE: WASHINGTON POST       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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The Patient Driven Payment Model Is Here

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  On October 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began implementing a new payment system for Medicare-covered nursing home care. The payment system is called the “Patient Driven Payment Model” (PDPM).   SOURCE/MORE: CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY       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…

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