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What You Need to Know About Healthcare Reform
It should come as no surprise that the interests of health insurance providers and the people they insure sometimes conflict. Providers want to minimize costs while plan participants want comprehensive coverage with minimal restrictions or out-of-pocket costs. Federal healthcare reform legislation that ... READ MORE

Health Insurance Fraud Raises Insurance Costs for Everyone
Fraud involves lying about something or deceiving someone for gain. The gain is usually financial. Health insurance is a complex system that opens the door for many types of fraud. Anyone who defrauds an insurance company is subject to a wide range of penalties, from charges under federal health care ... READ MORE

You May Have to Pay for Your Parents' Care
It's legally well established that parents have a responsibility to financially support their children. In approximately half of all states, however, the reverse is true as well - adult children have a legal responsibility to support their parents when their parents don't have sufficient income to take ... READ MORE

Rules to Transfer Assets for Medicaid Look-Back Periods
In addition to providing low-income families and seniors over the age of 65 with health care coverage, Medicaid also pays for long-term nursing home care for elders. If your parent is reaching the age where you think a nursing home might become a possibility, it's important to begin planning years in ... READ MORE

Information about Long-Term Care and Hospice Care
When you face a chronic illness or disability, long-term care is an important consideration. Services provided as long-term care cover daily living needs such as personal hygiene, meal preparation, and transportation. Hospice care is a consideration when your illness is untreatable and likely to result ... READ MORE

Adult Day Care for Active Seniors
Adult day care gives caregivers a break from the round-the-clock task of caring for a frail elderly relative. It also provides stimulation and a welcome break from routine for the relative. Although there are benefits for caregivers and participants, you expect the day-care provider to manage your senior ... READ MORE

Continuing Care Retirement Community Provides More Options
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers older adults the opportunity to make a one-time decision regarding retirement living arrangements. You pay an entry fee and monthly rent. The CCRC guarantees to care for you for as long as you live, whether this means independent living, assisted living, ... READ MORE

Nursing Homes Provide Various Levels of Service
If you have a family member in a nursing home, you may be concerned about your relative's care and safety. Although nursing homes must be licensed and must meet legal standards, problems sometimes occur. Dissatisfied residents and family members may deal with these issues by filing a complaint, suing ... READ MORE

Active Living Communities for Independent Seniors
Housing policies that selectively affect senior citizens can violate federal law. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act extend protection to seniors with age-related physical and mental conditions that affect their ability to live independently. A retirement community's policies ... READ MORE

Assisted Suicide: Each State Has Its Own Laws
Each state makes its own decisions and laws regarding assisted suicide. Occasionally, the U.S. Supreme Court gets involved when a particular case reaches it on appeal. In almost every state, assisted suicide is a criminal offense. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to force states to change these laws. ... READ MORE

 

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I'm not quite sure what you're asking here. If you're looking for a name badge or something like that, I'm certain there is no law that speaks to this issue.  Sounds like an internal procedure ma ...Read more

You're right to be concerned about her care.  You might consider contacting a local area agency on aging to request that she be assessed for her needs.  that would be step one.  As for ...Read more

He can try to file to obtain an injunction but I think that the chances of him obtaining one is slim to none.

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Where to start in a suspected case of fraud for elderly parent?

Q: Mother is elderly living in a nursing home. Severe dementia, however not ruled as incompetent by a court (because it was never an issue before…). Relative in another state passes and evidentl ... Read more

Can I sign my father out? What are my rights as POA?

Q: My father was hospitalized at a local hospital for pneumonia and a urinary tract infection and insomnia. He was taken off his dementia and depression medication and all his meds. They gave him slee ... Read more

Should I have my father as POA taken off my accounts?

Q: I’m 53 years-old and live in Pittsburgh PA and have recently had my 87-year-old father listed as POA on both of my investment accts (Roth IRA and TOD) at NY Life Securities so he can buy and ... Read more

Elder neglect penalties?

Q: What is the penalty for someone who didn’t take care of their elder spouse such as withholding nourishment, and not properly helping like withholding hygiene for the person? This was the main ... Read more

How do get mom’s house changed to my name?

Q: She is elderly. We can’t qualify for needed services because of the house. I can’t afford to pay for a nurse or provider. I am barely making ends meet with medical bills and all the ess ... Read more

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