January 2017

Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage Plans

Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explains the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, and covers the reasons why one or the other may be better suited to meet your needs.

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Facing a serious illness? Read this.

The onset of a serious illness or injury can affect much more than a person’s health. Knowing what steps to take to get your financial and legal affairs in order is vitally important to you and your loved ones.

 

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Why a Global Action Plan on dementia is so important

In the highest income countries, the cost of dementia care is already more than that for cancer and heart disease combined.This is a sobering thought, especially for the families financing the care of loved ones who suffer from these debilitating brain diseases.

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Aging and Exercise

Mild exercise offers tremendous benefits for older adults. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains how even light physical activity can boost mental, physical and emotional health for seniors.

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CMS Finalizes New Medicare and Medicaid Home Health Care Rules and Beneficiary Protections

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized rules governing home health agencies that will improve the quality of health care services for Medicare and Medicaid patients and strengthen patients’ rights. These Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation are the minimum health and safety standards a home health agency must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Eye health is vitally important, especially as you age. A National Eye Institute doctor explains glaucoma and how to treat the condition.

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Tim Takacs answers viewer questions on OpenLine

Tim takes viewer calls on a variety of elder law topics including paying for care in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, common mistakes families make when caring for elderly loved ones, and more. 

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Learning Cafe Set for January 19

Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The discussion topic will be "How to Get the Most Out of Your Life Care Plan." ​

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Your Post-Medicaid Checklist

Once a loved one's Medicaidi application hasbeen approved, there are still things that need to be done. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains what needs to be on your post-approval punch list.

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Estate Disputes of the Rich and Famous

Rich or poor, young or old, we all die. What can the disputes surrounding the estates of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Jose Fernandez, and Tom Clancy teach the rest of us about planning ahead?

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Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period

What is the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period? Bonnie Woodard explains in today's Medicare Minute.

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Lunchtime Celebration at Takacs McGinnis

What better way to celebrate a new year, a new brand, and a new employee than with grilled cheese, chili, and sour cream coffee cake?

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McGinnis Earns Certified Elder Law Attorney Designation

Barbara Boone McGinnis is now a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Please join us in congratulating Barbara on this tremendous achievement!

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Why were you asked to wait in the lobby?

When older adults and their families first meet with us, we always ask to spend some time alone with the older adult. Why do we do this? Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains. 

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Save the Date: 2017 Time Out Workshop

The name of our firm may have changed from Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs to Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law but our commitment to providing quality continuing education is as strong as ever. If you're a professional who serves the long-term care community, mark your calendar for the 2017 Time Out Workshop set for Thursday, June 8, 2017 at One Century Place Conference Center in Nashville. 

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Learn the Signs of Tax-Related Identity Theft

If identity thieves get their hands on your personal information, they will try to turn that data quickly into cash by filing fraudulent tax returns. If one of these six thing happens to you or to an elderly loved one, you might be a victim of tax-related identity theft.

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Caregiver Spouses Group Set for January 5

As part of the firm's Learning Cafe Client Education Series, the Caregiver Spouse Group will meet from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on January 5, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Caring for Memory-Impaired Elders." ​Dessert and coffee will be served. 

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Help Us Spread the Word

Many clients tell us that more people need to know about what we do at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law. If you're a client and you’ve said or thought that, there’s now something you can do to help: write a review.

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