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...]

Medicare Open Enrollment: What Changed in Response to the Coronavirus?

Q. I know that the Medicare Open Enrollment Period starts next month. Have there been any changes that I should know about in response to the coronavirus? Do you have any tips for Open Enrollment? This is my first one. Thanks for … [Read more...]

CMS Launches New Compare Tool, Featuring All Eight Healthcare Tools in One Place

Lois’ mom moved to Northern Virginia last winter. Since she has been here, she has needed new doctors, a hospital for a surgical procedure, and a new physical therapist. Lois tried to be helpful in finding her mother names of … [Read more...]

Will Medicare Cover Alzheimer’s Brain Scans?

In the past few months, Julia has noticed that her mother, Betsy, has become increasingly forgetful. Betsy’s memory loss started out mild, including losing her keys and forgetting the day of the week, but is beginning to disrupt … [Read more...]