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An Update on COVID-19 from Virginia Medicaid

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

An Update on COVID-19 from Virginia Medicaid The following announcement, published 3/20/2020, is from the Virginia Department of Medical and Assistance Services. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is working with Governor Northam, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH...

Medicare and Medicaid Will Cover Coronavirus Testing

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicare and Medicaid Will Cover Coronavirus Testing With coronavirus dominating news coverage and creating alarm, it is important to know that Medicare and Medicaid will cover tests for the virus.  The department of Health and Human Services has designated the test for the new strain of coronavi...

Make Sure You Are Counted in the 2020 Census

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Make Sure You Are Counted in the 2020 Census The 2020 census is starting soon, and seniors need to be counted. This may be more of a challenge this year because for the first time, the census will be completed largely online. The U.S Constitution mandates that the federal government conduct a cen...

How Secure Is Social Security?

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

How Secure Is Social Security? For years people have been worried about Social Security's future, but what is the actual outlook? According to the federal government, unless Congress acts to intervene, Social Security shortfalls are expected beginning in 2035.    Social Security retirement benefi...

How Does Medicaid Treat Income?

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

How Does Medicaid Treat Income? The basic Medicaid rule for nursing home residents is that they must pay all of their income, minus certain deductions, to the nursing home. The deductions include a $60-a-month personal needs allowance (this amount may be somewhat higher or lower in your state), a...

Medicaid Protections for the Healthy Spouse

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Feb 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicaid Protections for the Healthy Spouse Medicaid law provides special protections for the spouses of Medicaid applicants to make sure the spouses have the minimum support needed to continue to live in the community while their husband or wife is receiving long-term care benefits, usually in a...

Free Tax Preparation Help Is Available to Seniors

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Feb 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Free Tax Preparation Help Is Available to Seniors Seniors and retirees should know that they may be able to use online tax preparation software free of charge. Most low- and middle-income Americans qualify for the free help, but do not take advantage of it. And all seniors are eligible for free c...

Medicaid's Treatment of the Home - 2020

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Jan 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicaid's Treatment of the Home Nursing home residents do not automatically have to sell their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid, but that doesn't mean the house is completely protected. The state will likely put a lien on the house while the resident is living and attempt to recover the pr...

The SECURE Act Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Dec 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The SECURE Act Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans Congress has passed and sent to the President a spending bill that contains major changes to retirement plans. The bipartisan legislation is designed to provide more incentives to save for retirement, but it may require workers to rethink some ...

Medicaid’s Treatment of the Home - 2019

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Medicaid's Treatment of the Home Nursing home residents do not automatically have to sell their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid, but that doesn't mean the house is completely protected. The state will likely put a lien on the house while the resident is living and attempt to recover the pr...

Guardianship and Conservatorship Overview

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Feb 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guardianship and Conservatorship Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise. If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions due to a mental disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, called a “gua...

Medicaid Home Care

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Medicaid Home Care Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care is cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid programs that offer at least some home care. In some states, even family members can g...

Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One’s Firearms

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Jan 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One's Firearms Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous.  To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to plan ahead for how to deal with any weapons. Research ...

Fall 2018 Estate Planning Special

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Nov 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fall 2018 Estate Planning Special Welcome November! Today marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. As we prepare for the holiday season, we are often intentional about spending more time with our families and loved ones. Accordingly, it is the perfect time to create or review your estate ...

Thanksgiving 2018 Dinner Giveaway

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Oct 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving 2018 Dinner Giveaway I would like to give away a basket comprised of everything needed to make a complete Thanksgiving meal to a family in need this year. However, I need your help! Do you know a family in need this Thanksgiving season? If so, please nominate them for my giveaway usi...

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