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How Much Are Nursing Home Costs Rising?

The cost of nursing home care continues to rise. Seniors should plan for continued increases. A new study released by the Lincoln Financial Group reveals that on average the cost of semi-private and private nursing home care in the U.S. increased by… Read More
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Hospices May Be Overcharging Medicare

Medicare has always been plagued by fraud that investigators have had to sort out. A new report suggests that hospices are now a large source of that suspected fraud. A new study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services has revealed t… Read More
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Special Needs Estate Planning

Families with members who have special needs that require continuing care have some estate planning options to make sure that care is provided fairly. When an adult child has special needs that require the help and support of parents it is important… Read More
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New Nursing Home Quality Measurements

The federal government has announced six new measurements for its system of comparing the quality of care patients receive at nursing homes. Anyone interested in information about the quality of a nursing home can go to Medicare's website and us… Read More
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Nursing Homes Abandoning Residents

Under federal law if a nursing home patient goes to a hospital and the nursing home subsequently refuses to readmit the resident, the resident is entitled to an administrative hearing conducted by state government. However, even when residents win th… Read More
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A Home Funeral

Traditional funerals overseen by a funeral director in a funeral home can be very expensive. Many are choosing the even older option of having home funerals. Having a mortician embalm the remains of the deceased and having a funeral director oversee… Read More
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Taking Mom and Dad to Work

Millions of working Americans act as caregivers for their elderly parents. Will companies start to offer onsite elder care centers where employees can drop off their parents while the employees are working? For large companies seeking to entice young… Read More
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Who Is Eligible for Social Security Survivor's Benefits?

When someone passes away the money that he or she has invested in Social Security is not necessarily wasted. Dependents might be able to claim it through survivor's benefits. Social Security is essentially a forced retirement plan. We put money… Read More
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Medicare to Tighten Restrictions on Home Health Devices

Medicare fraud costs the federal government millions of dollars a year. Fraudulent claims for devices used in home health care are among the costliest. As a result, Medicare is increasing regulation. When a person has Medicare and needs a home health… Read More
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ABLE Act Basics

Families with children with special needs often have to make extraordinary efforts in their estate plans to make sure that the children are still cared for after the parents pass away. The ABLE Act makes that less necessary. Everyone who has a child… Read More
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