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Staying Eligible for Medicaid after the Death of a Spouse

When one member of a couple moves to a nursing home, we expect that spouse will be the first to die, but this isn’t always the case. What happens if a Medicaid recipient's spouse dies first? If planning steps aren't taken,...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Structured Settlement Annuity Is Transfer for Less Than Fair Market Value Under the Deficit...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s recent decision in the matter of Sams v. Department of Public Welfare may significantly affect the structured settlement industry, and the settlement of lawsuits on behalf of certain...more

HRSA Finalizes 340B Program Orphan Drug Exclusion Rules

On July 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a long-anticipated Final Rule regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) orphan drug...more

Government Benefits For Nursing Home Care

For those nursing home (and assisted living) patients who can qualify financially, Medicaid will provide coverage for as long as needed, unlike the very minimal 100 day maximum under Medicare. As a general rule, the patient...more

Medicare Trustees Project Longer Solvency Period for Hospital Trust Fund

A May 31, 2013 report from the Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds projects that the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent through FY 2026,...more

Tax and Business Planning - August 2012

In This Issue: - Investment Income Surtax ...2 - Trusts and Estates ...3 - Increased Threshold for Deducting Medical Expenses ...3 - Planning Opportunities ... 4 Excerpt from Headline Article: Tax Increases...more

Elder Law And 2012 Gift Tax Laws

The Need for Planning One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may end up in a nursing home. This not only means a great loss of personal autonomy, but also a tremendous financial price. Depending on...more

Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 4 in a Series: Medicaid/Medical Assistance)

As of January 1, 2012, the average cost of skilled nursing care in Pennsylvania is $8,112.13 per month. Recall that according to national statistics, approximately 50% of nursing care throughout the country is paid by...more

McNees Insights -- Spring 2012

In This Issue: Have You Checked Your Beneficiary Designations Recently?; Tax-Advantage Charitable Giving; and Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 4 in a series: Medicaid/Medical Assistance). Excerpt from...more

Designated to Decide: How to Help a Loved One Finish Well

Columbia, MO – April 20, 2012 -- A loving daughter agrees to be her mother’s healthcare agent. A thoughtful mother completes a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and DNI (Do Not Intubate) forms. The mother even goes so far as to wear a...more

Designated to Decide: How to Help a Loved One Finish Well

Columbia, MO – April 20, 2012 -- Alisa M. Dotson, Esq. watched a video of a loving daughter who agrees to be her mother’s healthcare agent. A thoughtful mother completes a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and DNI (Do Not Intubate)...more

Insight on Estate Planning - April/May 2012

In This Issue: - Make health care decisions while you’re healthy - Which planning strategies should unmarried couples implement? - Due diligence required when taking charitable deductions - Estate Planning...more

An Introduction on China’s Senior Pension Mechanism

While China’s aging population rapidly grows in recent years, combining with raising expanse for living, more and more people are concerning about their retirement fund—how they can support themselves on medical expenses and...more

FAQ's Regarding Asset Protection for Physicians and Dentists

ASSET PROTECTION FOR PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS Introduction: You have worked hard for what you own, and you want to keep it. An asset protection program simply employs legal techniques that deter others from taking, or in...more

McNees Insights -- December 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: Year-End Tax Planning 2011; Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care; and Gifting and Marcellus Shale. Excerpt from Year-End Tax Planning 2011 Year-end tax planning is especially challenging this year...more

Why Long-Term Care Insurance is Important to Doctors

One commonly overlooked area a doctor’s personal planning is the possibility that you or a loved one may need long-term care (LTC) as a result of age, illness, or accidents. In cases where such care is required, the...more

McNees Insights- March 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: 2011 Tax Law Changes; Estate Planning and the 2010 Tax Act; Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 1 in a Series);McNees Welcomes Scott Alan Mitchell. Please see full newsletter below for more...more

Health Care Reform Law - Update

Impact of Health Care Reform on Group Health Plans– The First Years

Over the next several years, group health plans face significant new challenges under the lengthy and complex Health Care Reform Law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and...more

Long Term Care Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance... What is it and how does it work?...more

Whether in Tennessee, children born-out-of-wedlock are entitled to recover all, some or none of the proceeds of a life insurance...

Whether in Tennessee, children born-out-of-wedlock are entitled to recover all, some or none of the proceeds of a life insurance policy for a deceased parent. Must the child be listed as an intended beneficiary or may the...more

A legacy of Terri Schiavo: More interest in living wills

Boomer or not, living wills are an essential part of responsible planning. The Terry Schiavo case provides the lessons learned from failing to have a living will in place....more

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