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Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth to Baby Boy

A 29 year old woman in a vegetative state gave birth to a son on December 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who resides in a long-term care facility named Hacienda Healthcare, has been non-verbal and incapable of moving independently since she was 3 years old due to a near-drowning accident. Caregivers did not Read More

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What is the Medicaid Waiver Program?

What happens when a Senior is in need of assistance but not quite ready for a nursing home? In Florida, Medicaid has a program designed for that situation for eligible seniors. The program is called The Medicaid Waiver Program. This program allows seniors to either stay at home, with the assistance of at home help, Read More

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Medicare 2019- Premiums and Deductibles

2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, Read More

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Nursing Home – Myth VS. Reality

Considering whether a loved one may need to be moved to a nursing home may cause much anxiety. Are you making the right decision? We know we cannot take care of them ourselves, but have heard negative things about nursing homes. Everyone has an opinion. So what is real and what is not? Well hopefully Read More

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Elderly Financial Exploitation – What are the warning signs?

A man was arrested on charges of elderly exploitation. Exploitation of who? His own parents. The elderly couple, William and Janet Powers, were in their early 70s when they hired an attorney to prepare a Durable Power of Attorney giving authority to their only living child, Ryan Powers. And shortly thereafter the exploitation began. Only Read More

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Medicaid Programs and You – What you need to know

Your elderly parents are in need of a nursing home. The average cost for a nursing home in Florida is $8,346.00. Unless your parents have insurance which will cover this expense, this is usually a financial burden on the family. There are government programs that can help. Medicaid and VA benefits can help supplement the Read More

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Florida CARES

The State of Florida Medicaid is a program based on financial and medical requirements. An important part of the Medicaid application process is a program called CARES. CARES is a Florida program that issues an evaluation to meet the medical requirements required for Medicaid.  CARES, which stands for Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Read More

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Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

News reports of nursing homes neglect or abuse are disconcerting. How can you avoid this fate for your loved ones?  What should you look for when choosing an assisted living facility for a family member? Location– Is this a location where you can easily get to if need be? Is there a hospital close? Building– Read More

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Medicaid Specialist or Elder Law Attorney?

It can be overwhelming when someone you care about needs long term care. There is so much material and information online about long term care. The internet can make everything look so simple. This includes the Medicaid Application Process. It may seem as though you can easily take care of everything yourself. It would be Read More

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No Power of Attorney? What now?

I recently received the following email from a client: “Attorney Lehn, my father had a stroke and is in the hospital. The doctor says that he will now need long term care. The social worker at the hospital called asking me if my father has a power of attorney. I don’t believe he does. . Read More

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