January 2020

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is Now Law

If someone you love is a Vietnam veteran who has been waiting for the Blue Water Navy legislation to pass, your wait is over. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. This article explains more.

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Why It's Important to Get the Right Help

Navigating the elder care journey for a loved one can be costly in ways you might not realize. A Takacs McGinnis client explains how the firm helped him identify ways to pay less for the medications his mom needs.

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Plan Finder Glitches Worry Medicare Beneficiaries

If you or someone you love used Medicare’s Plan Finder to choose your coverage options for 2020, you need to be aware that the site contained inaccurate details about prices, covered drugs and dosages, and more. It's creating big headaches for lots of people. Here’s what we know.

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Plan Ahead to Qualify for Medicaid

When is the time to start thinking about qualifying for Medicaid? It's sooner than you might think. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains. 

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If You're Older and in Love...

If you're over 50 and thinking about getting married, watch this video first. Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs offer five tips for older adults thinking about tying the knot.

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Johnson Named Partner at Takacs McGinnis

It’s official! Chris Johnson is now one of the partners at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law. If you’re a client or friend of the firm, you probably saw it coming. Here's the complete story, including a look back at where the firm has been since its launch nearly 30 years ago.

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Does Dad Need a Driver's License?

If a parent is ill and no longer drives, do you need to renew his or her driver’s license? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers this frequently-asked question.

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Older Adults and the Flu

Flu season is in full swing. If you're looking after an elderly loved one, what should you be doing to prepare? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains.

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Are You Paying Too Much for Your Prescription Drugs?

Are you getting the best deal on your Medicare prescription drug coverage? Sadly, many people aren't because they stay on the same plan year after year. Takacs McGinnis was able to save 64 clients more than $165,000 in 2020 just by switching plans. Here's how we did it.

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Coping with Grief

Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about some of the most common reactions to loss.

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Retirement Accounts and TennCare

Last year, TennCare changed how they view retirement accounts as a resource. TennCare now considers these accounts fully countable. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains what this means for people who are trying to qualify a loved one for TennCare.

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Knowledge is Power

When it comes to caring for elderly relatives, things can get complicated.  That's why Takacs McGinnis offers a wide variety of resources that will help you learn what you need to know to manage a loved one's long-term care journey. Take advantage of everything we offer!

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

Are you a family caregiver who's burning the candle at both ends? Why not make 2020 the year you make yourself a priority? Try these ideas on for size.

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