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We are charter members of a pre-eminent elder law reporting service known as Elder Law Answers. Monthly, it summarizes topics and legal cases of distinction throughout the United States. Macri & Associates, LLC can address any of the topics referenced in these articles and we encourage you to use this service.

February 2019

Last Year for Couples to Use ‘Claim Now, Claim More Later’ Social Security Strategy
Medicaid Home Care
Costs of New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Vary Considerably
Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One’s Firearms

January 2019

Have Private Insurance and Are Turning 65? You Need Sign Up for Medicare Part B
Why Not Just Use an Off-the-Shelf Power of Attorney Form?
The Best and Worst States for Protection Against Elder Abuse
Understanding Medicare’s Hospice Benefit

December 2018

Don’t Make the Mistake of Not Signing up for Medicare Supplemental Coverage
Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room?
Learn About Social Security’s Online Tools
IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2019

October 2018

It’s Now Harder for Veterans to Qualify for Long-Term Care Benefits
It’s Important to Shop Around for Your Medigap Policy
How to Handle Sibling Disputes Over a Power of Attorney
Can I Give My Kids $15,000 a Year?

August 2018

Where’s My New Medicare Card? How to Find Out the Status
Promissory Notes and Medicaid
Proposed New Medicare Payment System May Affect Beneficiaries
Lawsuit Alleges Assisted Living Facilities Discriminate Against Wheelchair Users

May 2018

Tailoring a Will and Power of Attorney for Multiple States
Long-Term Care Insurance Policyholder Wins Suit Against Company for Hiking Premiums
Are Medicare Advantage Plans Steering Enrollees to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?
How to Appeal a Medicare Prescription Drug Denial

April 2018

Be on the Lookout for New Medicare Cards (and New Card-Related Scams)
Proving That a Transfer Was Not Made in Order to Qualify for Medicaid
Choosing Retirement Account Beneficiaries Requires Some Thought
New Federal Law Puts Focus on Preventing Elder Abuse

January 2018

How Will the New Tax Law Affect You?
Two Popular Medigap Plans Are Ending. Should You Enroll While You Can?
Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid
AARP Sues California Nursing Home Over Resident Dumping

November 2017

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2 Percent Increase in 2018
Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts
New Yorker Article Highlights Abuses in the Guardianship System
What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

October 2017

Now Is the Time to Review Your Medicare Options
Nursing Home Costs Rise Sharply in 2017
How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes
Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

September 2017

You Can Pay Your Medicare Premiums Online
Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning
Be Aware of the Kiddie Tax Before Leaving an IRA to Children
HUD Makes Reverse Mortgages a Little Less Attractive

August 2017

Long-Term Care Scorecard Finds States Have Room for Improvement
Take These Three Steps When Your Child Turns 18
Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage
Using A Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

June 2017

DOL Announces That Fiduciary Rule Will Go Into Effect June 9
The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples
New Protections for Nursing Home Residents
Proving Age Discrimination Is Difficult

May 2017

Adding to Uncertainty for Scam Targets, the IRS Now Allows Private Debt Collectors to Dun Taxpayers
Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care
Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety
Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

April 2017

Aging Drivers and the Law
New Book Offers Guidance Through the Medicare Maze
Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status
Four Provisions People Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

March 2017

Things to Remember at Tax Time
Trump Delays Rule That Retirement Advisers Put Their Clients’ Interests Ahead of Their Own
Costs of Some New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Rise in Latest Survey
Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

February 2017

Preventing a Will Contest
New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer’s Disease and Offer Care Planning
Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan
How to Deduct Long-Term Care Premiums From Your Income

December 2016

IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2017
When Can You Delay Taking Medicare?
Part B Premium Will Rise Slightly for Most Medicare Beneficiaries in 2017
How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

November 2016

5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains
It’s Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices
Typical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017
States Begin Offering State-Run Retirement Plans

August 2016

How To Vote While in a Nursing Home
What Is Undue Influence?
Fighting Nursing Home Discrimination Against Medicaid Recipients
About to Turn 65? Your Health Insurer May Be Automatically Enrolling You in Its Own Medicare Plan

July 2016

What Is Required of an Executor?
Called for Jury Duty? You May Be Excused Based on Your Age
Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice
Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

May 2016

Four Steps to Take Right After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank
New Rules Provide Protections for Retirement Savings
Lack of a Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince’s Estate

April 2016

10 Ways the Elderly Can Avoid Financial Abuse
Problems With Guardianship Abuse Leading to Calls for Reform
Hybrid Policies Allow You to Have Your Long-Term Care Insurance Cake and Eat It, Too
How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work?

March 2016

Last Chance to Use File and Suspend Strategy for Claiming Social Security Benefits
Things to Remember at Tax Time
How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?
Your Right to Refills If Medicare Drops Coverage of Your Drugs

February 2016

How Would the Presidential Candidates Change Social Security?
Medicare Now Covers Conversations About End-of-Life Care
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying an Annuity Doubler to Pay for Long-Term Care
Can Social Security Benefits Be Garnished to Pay Debts?

January 2016

How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity
Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?
The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible
Robin Williams’ Death Laid to Underdiagnosed Form of Dementia

December 2015

Medicare Announces Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles for 2016
New Federal Budget Ends Two Spousal Social Security Claiming Strategies
How to Choose a Trustee
Activities of Daily Living Measure the Need for Long-Term Care Assistance

November 2015

New Rules Will Make It Harder to Qualify for Long-Term Care Help From the VA
Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?
What Is Cost Basis and How Do You Prove It?
Medicare Open Enrollment Means It’s Time to Shop Around

October 2015

Court Approves Use of Short-Term Annuities for Medicaid Planning
Incentives to Keep Working While You Collect Social Security
Woman’s Efforts to Change Will Without Professional Assistance Backfire
Incentive Trusts: Ensuring Than an Inheritance Will Be Well Spent

How to Make Changes to Your Will
Can an IRA Affect Medicaid Eligibility?
How You Can Use Your Social Security Benefits as an Interest-Free Loan
The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees