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Don't Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage

Have you or a loved one been denied Medicare-covered services because you’re "not improving"? Many health care providers are still not aware that Medicare is required to cover skilled nursing and home care even if a patient is not showing improvement.

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Is a Change of Beneficiary on an IRA Considered a Gift by Medicaid?

Both of my elderly parents are alive, and my father just changed the beneficiary of his IRA account from his wife to his children. Her name is not on the account because she has a separate IRA account. If either parent needs Medicaid in the next five years, would the change of beneficiaries be considered a gift and subject to penalty by Medicaid?

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Long-Term Care Scorecard Finds States Have Room for Improvement

A new report finds that states have made incremental improvements in providing long-term care, but need to make more improvements in order to meet the needs of the growing number of people who need long-term care services.  

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Take These Three Steps When Your Child Turns 18

When your child reaches the age of 18, you no longer have the same level of access to or authority over his or her financial, educational and medical information.  You may even be unable to get medical updates in the event your child is unable to communicate.

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Medicare Preventive Services: Whatís Free and What Isnít?

Medicare-eligible Americans who are signed up for Medicare Part B as part of Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) can take advantage of a wide range of preventive services that include fully and partially covered screenings, vaccinations, and counseling services.

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Can Medicaid Put a Lien on Property After It Goes Through Probate?

My mother was a Medicaid recipient who passed away in New York City less than a year ago. She owned a co-op apartment that was transferred to me after it went through the probate process. Months later, I received a letter from Medicaid saying that it was putting a lien on the apartment. Can Medicaid do this after the apartment has gone through the process in court?

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District Attorney Charged with Defrauding Nursing Home Is Jailed

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, on trial for bribery and fraud, including defrauding a nursing home, pleaded guilty to one count and was sent to jail. The plea ended his trial after two weeks of testimony.

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Can I Take My Mother Out of a Nursing Home Over the Objections of Her Agent Under a POA?

My eldest brother, who is my mom's agent under a power of attorney, has put my mom in a nursing home. She does not want to be there -- she wants to live with me. Can I take her out of the nursing home?

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