What the New Outlook for Social Security and Medicare Means for You

Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. The new 2021 annual report was just released and on a positive note, the pandemic has … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Should I Consider Antibody Testing for COVID-19?

Dear Oakley, I’m pretty sure I had a mild case of COVID-19 earlier in the year. Do you think I should go and get an antibody test, and if so, why? What is the difference between an antibody and an antigen test? Is antibody … [Read more...]

National Coverage Determination Analysis on Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

CMS NEWS (released on 7/12/2021 by CMS) CMS Opens National Coverage Determination Analysis on Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease Thorough Process Will Enable Careful Consideration of Coverage and Incorporate Public … [Read more...]

Be Vigilant: Medicare Won’t Alert You When You Become Eligible for Part B

Sarah celebrated her 64th birthday in October of 2020, meaning she will be 65 this year and eligible for Medicare. Luckily, she is aware that she must enroll or face the consequences of delaying enrollment. She needs to remember … [Read more...]

Hospice and Palliative Care are Essentially the Same Thing—Why is Hospice Covered While Palliative Care Is Not?

Q. I recently read about hospice and palliative care and now I’m thoroughly confused. They sound like exactly the same thing, but offered at different times. Why is hospice covered by Medicare and Medicaid, when palliative care is … [Read more...]

Special Edition: Unhappy with Your Medicare Advantage Plan? Today is the Last Day to Make Changes or Go Back to Original Medicare!

Medicare Advantage enrollees who are dissatisfied with their plan have until today to switch into another plan or to go back to Original Medicare and, if needed, buy a prescription drug plan.   The Medicare Advantage … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Money- Saving Medicare Tips for 2021

Dear Oakley, Some Medicare costs have increased for 2021, including the premiums and deductibles for Parts A and B. My wife and I are wondering if you know of any ways that we may be able to trim our expenditures when it comes … [Read more...]

2021 Key Elder Law Dollar Amounts

Q. Every year the Farr Law Firm releases the newest figures for Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. I was wondering if they are available this year and if you can provide a summary of changes for these programs. Thanks for … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How do Medicare and Social Security Work Together?

Dear Oakley, My husband will soon be retiring and is curious about Social Security and Medicare and how the two programs work together. Can you help explain this to him? Thanks for your help! Tu Gether --- Dear Tu, Social … [Read more...]

Boo! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2020 (A Very Scary Year!)

2020 has been a scary year! Since we’re so close to Halloween, it’s a perfect time to catch up on some of the scariest elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning articles until now. Exposing everything from dementia at … [Read more...]