The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has determined that Medicaid was appropriately denied based on transfers to the applicant’s son and Power of Attorney made to himself. (Brenckman v. Dept. Human Services, 443 C.D. 2018 (October 1, 2019)).
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented new rules for Medicare reimbursement of skilled care in a nursing home.
1. Emotional investment is different from a professional one.
I have been a Geriatric Social Worker for many years. A large part of my work with clients is helping them to plan for serious illness and supporting and advocating for them in hospitals and nursing homes.» Read More
Your elderly client calls you and asks you to wire $20,000 to a non-family member. When you ask what the payment is for, he gives vague answers or gets defensive. Or you are preparing a long-time client’s taxes and it appears that she is taking much larger than normal distributions.» Read More
In August, the Department of Homeland Security issued the final version of its revised “Public Charge” regulation. This rule is scheduled to go into effect in October, although legal challenges are expected.
If implemented, the rule could have devastating effects on individuals with disabilities and seniors who are immigrants, as well as those who rely on caregivers who are immigrants.» Read More
The crippling cost of medical care continues to be a major issue for many Americans, disproportionately impacting seniors and individuals with disabilities. It is important to know your options and rights.
Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was the latest government agency to issue an advisory to financial institutions regarding the financial exploitation of older Americans. The update urges financial institutions to make a report whenever they suspect that an older adult is the target or victim of financial exploitation.» Read More
The New Jersey legislature has unanimously passed a bill that promises to dramatically improve the implementation of Medicaid throughout the state. The bill has strong support by all stakeholders. Although it is expected that Gov. Murphy will sign the bill, advocates are urging the public to call and encourage him to do so.» Read More
We recently got a frantic call from the daughter of one of our clients. Her mom, who was 89 but lived independently, had started to hallucinate and was brought to the Emergency Room of the local hospital. She was seen by the hospital physician and sent to a room. » Read More
Last week I was in the airport returning from a visit with my father when I read a poignant New York Times article that describes a too-common scenario. Families find themselves facing the unexpected loss of a loved one and end up grappling with a mundane but important task – accessing the digital life of the deceased.» Read More