June 2019

CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices and Increase Transparency

Takacs McGinnis Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter weighs in on the final rule issued in May by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule modernizes the Medicare Advantage and Medicare part D programs.

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Dana Hentschel Honored for Volunteer Service

Last week, Dana Hentschel received the 2019 Louise B. Katzman Volunteer of the Year Award, which is presented each year by Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA). She is pictured here with Tom Starling, MHA’s president and chief executive, shortly after receiving the award. We are proud of Dana and delighted that her efforts are being recognized in the community!

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Elder Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

Are your elderly loved ones at risk of elder abuse? It can happens to anyone. In this video produced by Ageless Alliance, U.S. Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton talks about his grandparents' personal experience with financial exploitation. 

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Nursing Home Problem #4

Could internal policies at your elderly loved one's nursing home be in violation of federal law? In the Nursing Home Problems Video Series, members of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law team discuss some of the most common issues encountered by nursing home residents and their families. This week, Certified Elder Law Attorney and Takacs McGinnis partner Tim Takacs talks about Problem #4.

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Guaranteed Issue Rights

What are Guaranteed Issue Rights? If you are about to enroll in Medicare or you're helping an elderly loved one with the process, you need to know about this. Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter explains the basics.

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Why You Need to Worry about Asset Protection Planning

Who should be thinking about asset protection? Is it just the super rich? The simple truth is that everyone should have a plan to protect what they have. Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara McGinnis explains why.

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5 Household Hazards Hidden in Plain Sight

Don't forget to look for these five hidden hazards when assessing your elderly loved one's safety in the home.

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Nursing Home Problem #3

Could internal policies at your elderly loved one's nursing home be in violation of federal law? In the Nursing Home Problems Video Series, members of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law team discuss some of the most common issues encountered by nursing home residents and their families. This week, Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about Problem #3.

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How TennCare Looks at Retirement Accounts

TennCare has updated their policy manual with new guidance on how to handle retirement accounts. What has changed? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains.

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Could you be on the hook for your parents’ nursing home bill?

The elder care journey is full of surprises. But the biggest one might be the shock you feel when you realize that you're being held responsible for your elderly loved one's nursing home bill. Yes, this really happens. And yes, there's something you can do about it. This article explains.

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VA Removes Net Worth Requirement From Health Care Enrollment

Good news for veterans! Starting June 24, 2019, VA will no longer consider the veteran's net worth as a factor in determining the veteran's eligibility for VA health care. This excerpt from the Federal Register offers a quick summary of this much-needed rule change.

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Nursing Home Problem #2

Could internal policies at your elderly loved one's nursing home be in violation of federal law? In the Nursing Home Problems Video Series, members of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law team discuss some of the most common issues encountered by nursing home residents and their families. This week, Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about Problem #2.

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Thoughts on Elder Abuse

National Elder Abuse Awareness Day is this coming Saturday, which makes it a great time to reflect on the growing problem of violence, neglect, and fraud aimed at older adults. Elder Care Coodinator Debra King shares some thoughts. 

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Thoughts on Elder Abuse

 

Like anything else in life, there's an up side and a down side to leaving your home and relocating to an assisted living facility. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell offers thoughts about the pros and cons. 

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CMS Modernizes Care for Frail, Elderly Individuals Enrolled in PACE

If you're caring for an elderly loved one who participates in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), you'll want to know about recent improvements to the program. This article explains the high points.

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Four Steps to a Successful Family Meeting

If you want to have a family meeting to talk about estate planning, asset protection, or other financial matters, where should you start? This article offers some tips. 

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Nursing Home Problem #1

Could internal policies at your elderly loved one's nursing home be in violation of federal law? In the Nursing Home Problems Video Series, members of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law team discuss some of the most common issues encountered by nursing home residents and their families. This week, Certified Elder Law Attorney and Takacs McGinnis partner Barbara McGinnis talks about Problem #1.

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How Can Life Care Planning Help Your Family?

How can Life Care Planning help a family caring for an elderly loved one whose health is declining? Tim Takacs, Certified Elder Law Attorney and founder of the Life Care Planning approach to elder law, explains how older adults and family caregivers benefit.

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