Medicaid is a program for those who cannot afford medical care. It is managed by the state and funded by both state and federal government funds, and is the largest source of funding for medical and health services for people with limited resources. It is often confused with Medicare, but Medicare is a Federal program that is not income based and is only for those 65 and older or those who have certain medical conditions. Medicaid however, is "needs" based and serves those with limited income … [Read more...] about Medicaid 101
Ours is an aging population. The baby boom of the mid 1900's and advances in medical care have changed the face of our society, making senior citizens the growing majority of the American population. Elder law is a growing field that focuses on the legal needs of these older citizens. Some common aspects of elder law include: Estate Planning An elder law attorney can help you plan your estate. This mean making all arrangements for your assets after you have passed away. With the help of … [Read more...] about What is Elder Law?
If family members feel that you are no longer able to care for yourself, they may petition the court to appoint a guardian – typically called a conservator – to look out for your best interests. If the court grants this petition, the conservator would then be responsible for making personal and financial decisions on your behalf. You can however, object to the appointment and there are some rights you retain even after a conservator has been appointed: being present during the hearing if … [Read more...] about Can I Object to Conservatorship?
Making plans for your own funeral might seem a little morbid, but it can be one of the biggest gifts you give to your loved ones. In the event of your death, you can save your family members the confusion, anxiety, and expense that go along with making last-minute final arrangements. A lot of people include their wishes for their final arrangements in their Wills, but this is a bad idea. Most of the time, your Will is not found – let alone read – until after the funeral is over. The best … [Read more...] about Planning Ahead For Your Final Arrangements
The rules concerning Medicaid qualification and coverage can be complicated, and there are plenty of myths and misconceptions to confuse people even further. These are a few of the more common myths, along with the facts about Medicaid. 1) Myth: I don’t need to worry about Medicaid, because Medicare will cover my nursing home costs. Fact: Medicare only covers a very small portion of nursing home bills. The rest will need to be covered either by private long-term care insurance, out of … [Read more...] about Medicaid Myths