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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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What is an Elder Law Attorney? Here’s a video to help

What is an Elder Law Attorney? The Sarasota Professional Group organization had the opportunity to find out. Attorney Joseph Lehn spoke to the group about how he became an Attorney and what sets him apart as an Elder Law Attorney. He educated the group about important legal documents that can assist them now and into Read More

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Medicare Advantage Plans Not So Advantageous

A new study has found that people enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan were more likely to enter a lower-quality nursing home than were people in traditional Medicare. The study raises questions about whether Medicare Advantage plans are influencing beneficiaries’ decisionmaking when it comes to choosing a nursing home. Medicare Advantage plans, an alternative to Read More

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States Looking to Eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Benefits

Arizona and Florida are the latest states to request a waiver from the requirement that states provide three months of retroactive Medicaid coverage to eligible Medicaid recipients. Medicaid law allows a Medicaid applicant to be eligible for benefits for up to three months before the month of the application if the applicant met eligibility requirements at 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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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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Immediate Annuities as Medicaid Planning Tool

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income. But immediate annuities may not work in every state, so be sure to check with Read More

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