Tens of Billions of Dollars of Benefits for Seniors Are Going Unused Every Year

Q. Inflation has gotten bad, and my wife and I have had to dip into our savings more than ever for food and other necessities. What are some ways you suggest to deal with the situation? Are there any benefits we might not be aware … [Read more...]

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Medicare Planning: Federal Report Finds Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Necessary Care

Q. Medicare Fall Open Enrollment starts next month. I heard something not long ago about Medicare Advantage plans denying necessary care. This is very worrisome. What do you know about this, and what is being done? Do you have any … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner Medicare Planning: Why You Should Review Your Medicare Plan Every Year

Dear Hayek,I understand that Medicare Fall Open Enrollment is starting next month. I think I’m happy with my plan, but my husband keeps saying that we should still review it every year. What are the benefits of reviewing our … [Read more...]

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Good News! Social Security and Medicare Outlook Is Better Than Projected Last Year

Q. Inflation seems to be having a huge effect on everything. From the price of food in grocery stores to the amount we are spending to fill our cars with gasoline, we’re all being affected in many ways. I’m concerned and afraid to … [Read more...]

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Are Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Currently Available and Are They Safe?

Americans may soon be able to buy over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids without an exam or fitting by a hearing health care professional. These lower-priced OTC hearing aids won’t be much bigger than a true wireless earbud, and will … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: How Can I Get a Free At-Home COVID-19 Test if I’m on Medicare?

Dear Hayek,My daughter was convinced that she had the omicron variant of COVID-19 last month but couldn’t get a test at any of the local pharmacies because they were sold out everywhere. It turns out she had to wait a few days … [Read more...]

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Does the No Surprises Act Protect Seniors Against Unanticipated Medical Bills?

Ever open your mailbox to find a surprise medical bill you completely did not expect? Perhaps you had an emergency and had to go to the nearest doctor or hospital to receive care? What if you were not yet on Medicare or have a … [Read more...]

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Hospices Are Turning People Away

Q. My mother, Claire, has Parkinson’s and she’s at the point where she can no longer swallow and will need a feeding tube. She still lives at home with my father, who is having a hard time taking care of her. She has been … [Read more...]

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2022 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...]

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Critter Corner: What is the Virginia Auxiliary Grant Program

Dear Oakley,I was looking at your key elder law figures page to see if it had been updated for 2022. I see that there is something on there about Virginia Auxiliary Grants? What are they and how do you qualify?Thanks for … [Read more...]

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