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THINKING ABOUT NURSING HOME CARE, OR MEDICAID?

The decision to move a family member into a nursing home is one of the toughest and most difficult decisions you can ever make. Over time, caring for an aging or disabled love one can deplete your energy, time and finances. The legal and financial ramifications can cost you plenty. Your income, assets and financial security can be a serious risk. Stop, before it’s too late. If you and your family are overwhelmed or confused by all the decisions you have to make. If you want to know your individual rights, or this is an urgent matter, please call us…

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“You’re Not Alone: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease” Answers to Questions

Alzheimer’s planning: What will happen to your beloved pet when you can no longer care for it? – see page 50 Does your estate plan provide for your beloved pet too? (Avoid this common mistake!) – see page 51 Don’t hire just a lawyer for your estate plan: hire an entire team of professionals experienced in all aspects of Alzheimer’s planning! – see page 52 Will you be a victim of elder financial abuse? (The average victim loses $30,000!) – see page 53 How to protect yourself from financial abuse NOW, while you still can! – see page 53 1…

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You Are Not Alone – Answers To Your Questions In The Book

8 types of decision makers: Have you appointed someone to all 8 roles? (And what happens if you don’t!) – see page 40 6 things you MUST consider when appointing decision makers for your health and finances – see page 41 Exactly when it is a bad strategy to select your family members as your decision makers – see page 42 4 clues you should rely on professionals (instead of family members) to make decisions about your health and finances – 42 Pitfalls to avoid when naming decision makers for your health and finances. – see page 44 What can…

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Medicare’s New Plan Finder Could Boost Insurers’ Advantage Enrollment

Myriad upgrades to the way seniors choose Medicare health plans and drug coverage online could boost already fast-growing private Medicare Advantage enrollment. Source/more: Forbes Related: Here’s What You Should Know About Medicare Costs If You’re Nearing Age 65           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…

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Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Rips Off Medicare

  Scores of older Americans have been targeted recently in a scam that uses DNA tests to defraud Medicare or steal personal information. Fraudsters find their victims across the country through cold calls, door knocking, email, Facebook ads, and Craigslist. 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 David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning…

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Isolated and Struggling, Many Seniors Are Turning to Suicide

Across the country, suicide rates have been on the rise, and that rise has struck the nation’s seniors particularly hard. Of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and up accounted for more than 8,500 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Source/more: NPR If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (Spanish: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website…

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Surge in Voters With Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election

Significantly more people with disabilities cast ballots last year, according to a new report suggesting that this demographic is poised to have a big impact in the 2020 presidential race. Source/more: Disability Scoop   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…

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CMS Announces Final Rule: “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements” (CMS-3342-F). The final rule revises the requirements for arbitration agreements when they are used by long-term care (LTC) facilities to resolve disputes with their residents. Source/more: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   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…

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Americans’ Reliance on Social Security Is Near a Record High, Survey Shows

Over its nearly 84 years of existence, more than 79 of which have included payouts to retired workers, Social Security has kept countless seniors, disabled workers, and survivors of deceased workers above the federal poverty level. Source/more: USA Today   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…

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Finds Serious Flaws in 20 Percent of U.S. Hospice Programs

Summary: Hospice care can provide great comfort to beneficiaries and their families and caregivers at the end of a beneficiary’s life. Hospice use has grown steadily over the past decade, with Medicare paying $16.7 billion for this care in 2016. It is an increasingly important benefit for the Medicare population; 1.4 million beneficiaries received hospice care in 2016. However, OIG has identified vulnerabilities in the program. Source/more: HHS, Office of the Inspector General   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…

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