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McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 4 in a Series: Medicaid/Medical Assistance)
Posted on 30 May 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

B y Scott Alan Mitchell As of January 1, 2012, the average cost of skilled nursing care in Pennsylvania is $8,112.13 per month. Recall that according to national statistics, approximately 50% of nursing care throughout the country is paid by Medicaid... Read More

The Rising Costs of Long Term Care in the U.S.
Posted on 29 Oct 2011 by Marc Soss

The cost of long-term care continued its upward climb in 2010. On average the price of a private room in a nursing home rose 4.4 percent to $87,235 a year or $239 a day, while the price of a semi-private room increased by 4.4 percent to $214 a day, or... Read More

Medical Malpractice Reforms Favor Long Term Care Industry, Could Result in a Flurry of Lawsuits Before the Reforms Take Effect
Posted on 17 Aug 2011 by Williams Mullen

BY: ELIZABETH D. SCOTT & JONATHAN R. BUMGARNER On July 25, 2011, the North Carolina House voted to override Governor Perdue's veto and approve a broad overhaul of North Carolina's medical malpractice laws. Ratified Senate Bill 33 expands... Read More

Long Term Care Insurance May Become a Thing of the Past
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss

It seems that the insurance companies really boggled it when it came to pricing out long term care insurance policies. Long term care policies have been hit by a triple whammy - historically low interest rates, policy holders living longer, and policy... Read More

Long-Term Care Partnership Policies - Watch Out for Expanded Medicaid Estate Recovery
Posted on 15 Aug 2012 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

The Raleigh News & Observer recently commented on the surging insurance rates for long-term care insurance (LTCI) policies in North Carolina, the article for which can be read here . Yet it seems that an increased prevalence of premium hikes isn't... Read More

Caring for an Elderly Relative in Sarasota, Florida
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by Marc J. Soss

Caring for an elderly relative isn't just costly and time-consuming but could even be harmful to your own health. Some companies and nonprofits are rolling out free and low-cost professional help for family caregivers. The bottom line is that "families... Read More

Long-Term Care Insurance Industry Shakeout
Posted on 21 Mar 2012 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Those considering long-term care insurance should be aware of recent several changes in the long-term care insurance industry. Guardian stopped offering the insurance as of December 31, 2011, and Prudential will no longer be offering individual coverage... Read More

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Planning and Paying for Long-term Care (Part 4 in a Series: Medicaid/Medical Assistance)
Posted on 30 May 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

B y Scott Alan Mitchell As of January 1, 2012, the average cost of skilled nursing care in Pennsylvania is $8,112.13 per month. Recall that according to national statistics, approximately 50% of nursing care throughout the country is paid by Medicaid... Read More

MassHealth Long Term Care Eligibility | Activities of Daily Living
Posted on 25 Jun 2012 by Tim J. McNamara

In addition to the complicated financial requirements for becoming eligible for MassHealth long term care benefits, an applicant must also qualify physically . This of course makes perfect sense. If the government provides a service as costly as long... Read More

The Rising Costs of Long Term Care in the U.S.
Posted on 29 Oct 2011 by Marc Soss

The cost of long-term care continued its upward climb in 2010. On average the price of a private room in a nursing home rose 4.4 percent to $87,235 a year or $239 a day, while the price of a semi-private room increased by 4.4 percent to $214 a day, or... Read More

Hook Law Center: For Medicaid, Long-Term Care Costs of Elderly are Rising
Posted on 1 Nov 2012 by Hook Law Center

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... Read More

New Wave of Lawsuits May Force Children to Pay for Elderly Parents' Nursing Costs
Posted on 28 Jul 2012 by David Goldman

Many of our clients and readers in Florida are caregivers of elderly parents; they have chosen to take responsibility for their parents--whether it be physical responsibility, financial, or other. But what if instead of making that choice, you had responsibility... Read More

Duane Morris LLP: ACOs and Long-Term Care: Don't Get Left Behind
Posted on 7 Jan 2013 by Duane Morris LLP

With the U.S. Supreme Court decision ratifying President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Affordable Care Act"), the implementation and development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continued in full force... Read More

Sandra L. Smith of Oast & Hook, P.C. on Asset Transfers, Good or Bad?
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Legal Business Community Staff

On this edition, Sandra L. Smith, CELA, of Oast & Hook, P.C., discusses how asset transfers can be useful planning tools and their impact on Medicaid planning. She also explains veterans benefits planning and discusses some of the dangers of joint... Read More

Long Term Care Insurance May Become a Thing of the Past
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss

It seems that the insurance companies really boggled it when it came to pricing out long term care insurance policies. Long term care policies have been hit by a triple whammy - historically low interest rates, policy holders living longer, and policy... Read More