Healthcare Reform
Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors (14/12/2016)

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill announced the top 10 frauds targeting our nation’s seniors in a comprehensive anti-fraud resource for seniors titled, “Fighting Fraud: U.S. Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors.”  The guide is designed to inform and help protect seniors from some of the most pervasive and malicious scams and frauds.

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New Brief: A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility Regulations (14/12/2016)
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Justice in Aginghave released the first in a series of briefs regarding the changes to the Nursing Facility regulations. This first brieffocuses on Assessment, Care Planning & Discharge Planning.
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Is Your Medicaid Application Taking Too Long? (22/10/2014)

Delaney Delaney & Voorn, Ltd. assists individuals, family member, and nursing homes in appeals of Medicaid applications denied for a purported failure to provide documentation.  For many nursing homes, the Medicaid application process has proven too arbitrary, lengthy, and unnecessarily scrutinizing.  In the state of Illinois, there are thousands of applications filed in the last 2 years that have not yet been processed.  This leaves many facilities without payment from their residents, despite the need to regularly pay their staff.  In Illinois, Senate Bill 741 was passed in 2014 to address this issue.  As a result, many facilities are refusing to accept Medicaid-pending residents, leaving many seniors without a place to receive care or being returned to their homes with inadequate care and many nursing homes without payment.

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The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Seniors (22/10/2014)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, aims to provide greater access to health care coverage, improve the quality of services delivered and reduce the rate of increase in health spending.  The ACA provides new ways to help hospitals, doctors and other health care providers coordinate care for beneficiaries so that health care quality is improved and unnecessary spending reduced.  Many seniors are already benefiting from provisions of the law such as receiving preventive services and paying lower Medicare prescription drug costs.  Below are some of the ways that the Affordable Care Act is helping seniors.


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Governmental Funding for Care in Time of Recession (04/07/2012)

 The current economic crisis in our country and in our State is going to dramatically affect seniors. In Illinois, Medicaid payments to supportive living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, adult day care programs, and community care are behind by nine months. This means that any facility must maintain enough capital to cover their costs for at least nine months. What does this mean for seniors?

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Healthcare Reform and Its Impact On Seniors (04/07/2012)

On Sunday, March 21, 2010, in an historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, clearing it for signature by President Obama. This comprehensive health care reform bill previously was passed by the Senate on December 24, 2009, and contains a number of provisions which affect older adults.

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NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October (14/10/2016)

Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorneys Focus on Education and Awareness of Legal Options for People with Disabilities and Their Families Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) established October as National Special Needs Law Month 

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Guardianships Become More Common (04/07/2012)

 A guardian is an individual appointed by a probate court to be legally responsible for a person (and his estate) when that person is not capable of handling his or her financial and healthcare affairs independently. Generally, a guardianship can be avoided through the use of a power of attorney, whereby the individual (prior to the onset of any disability) executes legal documents appointing an agent or power of attorney to act on his or her behalf in the event of incapacity.

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Veterans Denied Millions in Benefits by VA (14/10/2016)

 WASHINGTON -- Roughly $110 million in payments to thousands of housebound veterans was withheld from them by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new report from VA inspector general's office.

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More on VA Benefits (22/10/2014)

The Veterans’ Administration program for veterans with disabilities (whose disability is unrelated to their military service) is called Improved Pension.  Prior to the development of this program on January 1, 1979, this program was called different names, including Section 306 Pension, Old Law Pension, or Pension.  Many of our country's veterans are completely unaware of this benefit program. 

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VA Benefits (04/07/2012)

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) is reaching out to inform wartime veterans and surviving spouses of deceased wartime veterans about an under-used, special monthly pension benefit called 'Aid and Attendance'.

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Tax Tips For Seniors (04/07/2012)

 It is very important to keep in mind that there are certain deductions available for seniors which are not commonly deductable for most individuals. I prepare many amended returns for clients whose tax preparers were not aware. Please keep them in mind and communicate the appropriate information to your tax preparer, so you, too, receive the appropriate deductions. Here are just a few items you may wish to consider. 

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Estate Planning
Protecting Clients By: Lauren Pierucci, Associate Attorney at Delaney Delaney & Voorn, Ltd. (02/02/2017)

Protecting Clients Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Settlement Funds with Special Needs Trusts: Settlements and Disability Planning Working Hand-in-Hand

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NAELA Praises Passage of Special Needs Trust Fairness Act as Part of 21st Century Cures (12/12/2016)

NAELA Praises Passage of Special Needs Trust Fairness Act as Part of 21st Century Cures.The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act corrects a patently false and degrading error in the law that presumed all individuals with disabilities lacked the capacity to handle their own affairs.

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What Is a Life Estate (14/10/2016)

 The phrase "life estate" often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, but what exactly does it mean? A life estate is a form of joint ownership that allows one person to remain in a house until his or her death, when it passes to the other owner. Life estates can be used to avoid probate and to give a house to children without giving up the ability to live in it.  They also can play an important role in Medicaid planning.

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Using Your Power of Attorneys for Health Care and Property (04/07/2012)

 The following are suggestions for what to do after you have executed your Power of Attorneys. These suggestions will allow for the documents to work best for you:

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How a Trust Saved My Client $500,000.00 (04/07/2012)

 My client (Who, for her confidentiality will be referred to as "Millie", as all other individuals mentioned in the article will be referred to with a ficticious name.) came to me about ten years ago with her husband “John”. Millie and John were a lovely couple with three very successful children, all of whom resided out of state. Unfortunately, a few years after my initial meeting with Millie and John, John died unexpectedly, leaving Millie his widow. Although Millie was very saddened by the loss of her husband of 49 years, she fully intended to live her life as John would have wanted her to. She became involved in the community, volunteered at a local women’s shelter, and joined a support group for grieving spouses.

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Living Wills Versus Powers of Attorney for Health Care (04/07/2012)

 Over the past years, living wills have gained more attention due to cases in the media addressing the difficulties encountered when facing end of life decisions. Unfortunately, many individuals have misperceptions about living wills and when the documents apply.

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Long Term Care
2017 Medicare Premiums (14/12/2016)


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Living the Life at an ALF (14/12/2016)

 A recent article, We Spent a Weekend at an Assisted Living Facility, is a close look at "[a]n intimate peek at aging from the residents of Stonewall Gardens."  This ALF is described by the authors as "not your typical senior community. It’s the only operating LGBT-friendly assisted living facility in Southern California (and, as of [the authors'] visit, the US)." The article is written in a conversational and entertaining style and tells stories from  a number of residents. 

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Medicaid (28/11/2016)

 My aunt lives in Florida.  She recently entered a Medicaid-subsidized assisted living home and was able to qualify for Medicaid and still retains several parcels of commercial real estate.  My other aunt lives in Illinois.  She went on Medicaid and although she was able to retain money in a trust, she had to give up her investment real estate.  Why were my aunts treated differently?

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Nursing Home Residents Win Back Right to Sue (14/10/2016)

 In recent years, nursing homes have increasingly asked -- or forced -- patients and their families to sign arbitration agreements prior to admission. By signing these agreements, patients or family members give up their right to sue if they believe the nursing home was responsible for injuries or the patient's death. 

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Medicaid Desk Reference - 2011 (05/07/2012)

 This handy desk reference provides basic information for community spouse resource allowance, monthly maintenance needs allowance, and personal needs allowance for Medicaid recipients in a nursing home.

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Nursing Home Evaluation (04/07/2012)

 Where Do I Begin?

Finding a nursing home for a loved one can often be a stressful and overwhelming task. It's a job that no one wants to do and can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. When undertaking such a life changing decision, there will inevitably be an array of questions going through your mind and you will probably wonder where to begin in finding the answers.

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