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The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid.

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DOL Announces That Fiduciary Rule Will Go Into Effect June 9

After initially delaying a rule intended to prevent financial advisers from steering their clients to bad retirement investments, the Department of Labor announced that the rule will go into effect on June 9, but its future is still unclear.

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Proving Age Discrimination Is Difficult

As baby boomers continue to work past retirement age, age discrimination lawsuits are becoming more common. While many older employees say they have experienced discrimination, proving it is difficult.

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Must a Hospital Inform the Agent Under a Medical POA of a Change in the Patient's Condition?

A hospital did a competency test on a patient and found that she was incompetent, but no one told the patient's daughter who was her agent under a medical power of attorney. If the hospital had given the information to the agent at that time, she could have applied for guardianship. Instead, the doctors told the agent's mom and her mom's boyfriend. The boyfriend then got an attorney and had the power of attorney changed to name him as agent and had the mother sign over a life estate to him. Isn't it medical malpractice to not disclose the information about the competency test to the person who is in charge of the tested person's care? 

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The Complex Modern Family Requires a New Planning Model, Book Argues

A new book suggests that planning for elder care and a loved one's death are especially important for today's complex modern families.

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How Do I Get Medicaid to Stop Sending Estate Recovery Notices When There Is Nothing to Recover?

My mother passed away with no assets -- no house, no life insurance, no savings, etc. What do I need to provide to Medicaid so they stop sending notices about recovering benefits paid to the nursing home? There is nothing to recover.

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New Protections for Nursing Home Residents

New Obama-era rules designed to give nursing home residents more control of their care are gradually going into effect. 

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When My Father Is Admitted to the Hospital, What Do I Do With Extra Money in His Nursing Home Account?

My father is in a nursing home in Florida and receiving Medicaid. When he is admitted to the hospital, the nursing home doesn't deduct money from his account for the days he is not in the nursing home. What am I supposed to do with the additional money in his account? The nursing home typically takes $1,960 from his account monthly, and this month it deducted only $1,074 since he was in the hospital for part of the month. 

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