Hook Law Center: New Thoughts about Living Wills

Just when you thought you had the answer to how to handle a loved one's health emergencies, experience is telling us that end-of-life care planning may not be so simple. Even if one has a Living Will, situations can arise that were not anticipated. Some advisers are even recommending abandoning the...

Hook Law Center: The Pitfalls of Medicare

Medicare can be a wonderful benefit for those 65 and older. However, Medicare eligibility rules can be very complicated, and you may feel that you're in a trap more complicated than running the gauntlet in medieval times. There are many factors which influence Medicare eligibility such as: "whether...

Hook Law Center: Making the Most of Your Social Security Benefits

It is well known that timing is an important consideration when applying for Social Security retirement benefits. For example, you may begin receiving retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you wait until you have reached your full retirement age (determined by your year of birth), or even as...

Hook Law Center: Hospitalization as an Inpatient vs. "Under Observation:" If You're Medicare Eligible, the Difference Can Be Very Costly

Hospital Admission Advisory Do you know the difference between being admitted to a hospital as an INPATIENT or as someone UNDER OBSERVATION? If you're eligible for Medicare, the difference can be very costly. Consider the scenario of Laraine Sickels, a retired teacher from Whidbey Island, Washington...

Hook Law Center: For Medicaid, Long-Term Care Costs of Elderly are Rising

It should be no surprise that the costs for the long-term care of the elderly are rising. The baby boom generation is now aging, and there are many more of them to take care of. Many of their parents are still requiring services as well. While some people may think only the indigent utilize Medicaid...

Hook Law Center: Medicare to Cover More Home Health Services

Good news for Medicare recipients! Just in time for the New Year 2013! In the past, Medicare recipients were unable to receive home health services such as nursing care and therapies if they had a chronic condition. As a result of a court case that originated in Vermont, that is about to change. Vermont...

Hook Law Center: Exploitation of the Elderly - the Virginia Response

Possibly you have read about Elder Abuse in various publications. Unfortunately, it is a real phenomenon. Abuse can occur in physical forms or financially. Well, Virginia just might be ahead of the curve in this matter. The Virginia General Assembly, backed up by the Virginia State Crime Commission,...