Tag Archive: Medicare

Jan 01

What your state lets you keep, effective 1/1/2017

This is a table that shows the minimum assets and income each state allows nursing-home residents and their spouses to keep.

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Jun 29

What Does the Supreme Court’s Decision to Nullify DOMA Mean for Medicaid LTC Benefits?

Publicity around the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013 has centered around the ability to file joint tax returns and collect survivor social security benefits. My first reaction was “What about the ability to take advantage of the spousal impoverishment benefits under Medicaid?”

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Mar 16

My new book will tell you why 2013 is the year to get LTC insurance!

You’re not sure LTC insurance is the best solution for you? No problem. After you read this book, you will know enough to make an informed decision and I will have done my job.

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Dec 09

The Partnership for Long-Term Care

The idea of the Long-Term Care Partnership is to provide a way for the Medicaid program to work together with private long-term care insurance to help those people who are caught in the middle: they can’t afford to pay the cost of the care or even the cost of a long-term care insurance policy with unlimited benefits, yet their assets are too high to qualify for Medicaid to pay their long-term care expenses. Many middle-income workers and retirees find themselves in this position.

Participating insurance companies in the Partnership recognize the needs of these middle-income Americans by providing LTC insurance policies that have built-in consumer protection benefit standards, and participating states cooperate by allowing these policyholders to access Medicaid without spending down their assets almost to poverty level if the insurance benefits run out.

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Jan 07

What Happened to the New Government Program That Was Supposed to Pay for Long-Term Care?

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was a provision in the 2010 health care reform act (Public Law 111-148) that was supposed to provide an average benefit of $50 a day depending on the level of impairment with a lifetime (unlimited) benefit period. This benefit would grow each year based on Urban …

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Dec 20

Long-Term Care Insurance Tax Deduction for Greater Than 2% Shareholders of S-Corporations

For those who have wondered how the long-term care insurance self-employed tax deduction works for owners of S-Corporations, this straightforward explanation clears it up.

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Sep 22

The CLASS Act (YES, You Still Need Long‐Term Care Insurance!!)

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act is a provision in Section 8002 of the new health care reform bill (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111‐148) enacted March 23, 2010. The CLASS Act is supposed to provide a small cash benefit of an average of $50 a day with a lifetime benefit period depending on the level of impairment. For example, needing help with four Activities of Daily Living vs. two would result in an increased benefit. This benefit is guaranteed issue and is designed to help people with limitations stay in the community instead of going to a nursing home. The program is supposed to be funded solely by premiums paid by employees who do not opt out via payroll deductions by the employers who choose to participate.

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Sep 03

Consumer Protections in Today’s Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

There are many protections for consumers in today’s long-term care insurance policies.

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Aug 23

The Impact of Long-Term Care on the Employer

Many employers have come to recognize that long-term care insurance can be “productivity insurance.”

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May 15

Ask Your Employer to Offer Long-Term Care Insurance

Ask your employer to offer long-term care insurance that is qualified for the Long-Term Care Partnership to employees 18+ to help your family AND your state budget.

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