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You Can Pay Your Medicare Premiums Online

Online bill paying has become a popular way to make paying bills easier, and now you can pay your Medicare premiums online too. 

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If a Healthy Spouse Marries a Nursing Home Resident, Is the Spouse Entitled to the Resident's Social Security?

What happens if a Medicaid recipient in a nursing home marries a healthy bride? Is the new spouse entitled to any of the nursing home resident's Social Security or pension during his life or can she receive it as a surviving spouse?

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Who Gets to Decide Where Mom, Who Has Mild Dementia, Lives?

I and my two siblings are searching for a better home for Mom. Sister and brother, who spend very little time with Mom, believe she needs to be in a memory care home. I spend a lot of time with her and feel she would be just fine in an assisted living home with some help. Brother has power of attorney. What rights does Mom have regarding living arrangements? She was diagnosed with some level of dementia but she is high functioning and can take care of herself. What rights do I have in the decision? I am hoping to look at assisted living vs. memory care. I will not allow her to go back to a "lock-down” place again!

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Retirement Savings Program for Lower-Income Earners Is Ending

The Trump administration is ending an Obama program that was designed to be a starter retirement savings account for low- and middle-income workers.

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Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

An attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one.

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Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be a good way to spend down assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

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

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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