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Category Archives: Medicaid

For Better or for Worse, States Are Turning to Managed Care for Medicaid Long-Term Care

Recent FLSA rules concerning wage and overtime pay apply to most Caregivers.

          More and more states are switching to a managed care model when dealing with Medicaid long-term care patients, a change that has resulted in a loss of services in some cases.   Many states use … Continue reading






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Nursing Home Residents Win Back Right to Sue

  In recent years, nursing homes have increasingly asked — or forced — patients and their families to sign arbitration agreements prior to admission. By signing these agreements, patients or family members give up their right to sue if they … Continue reading






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What Is a Life Estate?

        The phrase “life estate” often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, but what exactly does it mean? A life estate is a form of joint ownership that allows one person to remain in … Continue reading






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Judge Orders Medicare Agency to Comply with Settlement in “Improvement Standard” Case and Provide More Education

      Matthew Shepard, Communications Director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy shares the latest information on the “Improvement Standard” case (Jimmo v. Burwell, No. 11-cv-17 (D.Vt.)).  If you are a Medicare beneficiary, this case could help ensure that you … Continue reading






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Court Approves Use of Short-Term Annuities for Medicaid Planning

A lesson learned in Pennsylvania declares immediate annuities must still meet a number of stringent requirements to be accepted as legitimate by Medicaid authorities. Families considering them should get help from a qualified elder law attorney, such as Linda Strohschein and her team at Strohschein Law Group. This is an FYI for you to think about what long term care planning can put in place for you before you transfer assets to afford it. Call us today (630) 377-3241






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Know Your Options Before Signing Up for Medicare

As you get ready to turn 65, you may be inundated with information about Medicare. All this information is confusing, but it is important to do your research before choosing your plan. If you aren’t fully informed, you could end up making mistakes that will cost you down the road, particularly when it comes to how “Medicare Advantage” and “Medigap” plans interact.






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Linda Strohschein Supports NAELA Membership Contest to IL DHS Proposed Amendments to the Bureau of Appeals and Hearings

Linda Strohschein, Principal Attorney for Strohschein Law Group, testified to help improve proposed regulations by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Appeals and Hearings.






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Obama Signs Law Requiring Hospitals to Warn of Costly Medicare Loophole

President Obama has signed a new law intended to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from spending days in a hospital only to find that they hadn’t been admitted to the hospital at all – they were only under “observation.” This is important because Medicare covers nursing home stays entirely for the first 20 days, but only if the patient was first admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for at least three days.






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Nearing 65 and in a Marketplace Plan? Medicare Is Almost Always Your Best Bet

Are you approaching age 65 and currently covered by a marketplace health care plan under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”)? If so, you should think carefully about your options. While it’s possible to keep or renew your marketplace plan once you become eligible for Medicare, there could be steep costs for doing so, and switching to Medicare is viewed as the best option in virtually all cases.






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