Recent Posts in Medicaid Category

  • Long-Term Care Insurance Deductions for 2017 Make an Impact

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    20 Apr. 2017

    Taxpayers buying long-term care insurance will see an increase in the amount they can deduct from their 2017 taxes, per the Internal Revenue Service, (IRS). These tax breaks are designed to reflect changes in inflation, preventing tax-payers from unmanageable expenses. For long-term care participants to be eligible for the tax-break, the premiums they pay and the additional medical expenses must ...
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  • Medicare Directory Errors: Could You Be Affected?

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    12 Apr. 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched an in-depth review of Medicare Advantage provider directories, finding nearly 47% of the online directories had inaccuracies. These directories included incorrect locations, mistaken phone numbers, and some even listed information for providers that were no longer accepting new patients, had retired, or were deceased. These ...
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  • Medicare Now Reimbursing Doctors for Alzheimer Diagnoses

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    7 Apr. 2017

    Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6 th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With these staggering statistics, it’s a wonder that reaching a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s patients can be so difficult. Ruth Gay, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s ...
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  • When Should You Sign Up For Medicare?

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    3 Apr. 2017

    At age 65 you are eligible to apply for Medicare, the federal health insurance program. While most would-be Medicare participants sign up as soon as they qualify, others may want to weigh their options and consider waiting to apply. Certain factors, such as where you work, if you are still working, and whether or not you are contributing to a health savings account can significantly affect your ...
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  • Medicare Premiums and Deductibles Increase in 2017

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    27 Mar. 2017

    After holding down nearly consistent rates for 4 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services raised the cost for Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles. The standard Medicare Part B premium, which most participants pay, has seen a 4% rise, changing from $104.90 per month to $109. However, about 30% of beneficiaries will see a 10% rise in their Part B premiums and all Part B ...
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  • 4 Tax-Savvy Ways to Pass Your Home to Your Children

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    24 Mar. 2017

    If you are considering giving your home to your children, bear in mind these cost-effective options for passing on property. There are a few methods for transferring property; depending on your situation and end-goals, you can determine which option works best for you. Leaving the House in Your Will The go-to method for passing your home to your children is to leave it to them in your will. By ...
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  • More States Move to Managed Care for Medicaid Long-Term Care

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    15 Mar. 2017

    In an attempt to cut costs, nearly half of the states in the country are now embracing a managed care healthcare model in lieu of the previously preferred, state-run home health programs. While some embrace this new change, citing more affordable home care and more accessible home services, others complain about a loss of amenities and other, less favorable, changes. For Medicaid long-term care ...
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  • Will Repealing Obamacare Affect My Medicare?

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    10 Mar. 2017

    First up on the Republican agenda: repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to do away with the ACA, but how will this change affect the millions of Medicare beneficiaries? In short, the ACA requires that all Americans have health insurance that meets a certain standard, whether by an employer or another source. ...
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  • Medicaid Planning for Long-Term Care - Part 3 - Giving Away Money

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    22 Apr. 2016

    Making gifts to qualify for Medicaid: for some this option can be controversial but for many it is a viable option. The important thing to remember is that the Medicaid rules allow for some gifting. But the rules are not easy. The “Look Back” Period and the Penalty Period Medicaid obviously does not want a person to give away all of their money and possessions and then qualify for ...
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  • Medicaid Planning for Long-Term Care - Part 2 - Protecting the Spouse

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    1 Apr. 2016

    It is rare for both spouses to need long-term care. Typically, one spouse enters a long-term care facility while the other continues to live at home. In Medicaid terms, the spouse who enters a long-term care facility is called the “institutionalized spouse” while the spouse who remains at home is called the “community spouse.” The primary concern for the community spouse is ...
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