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Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Long-term care costs can add up quickly. For veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need in-home care or are in a nursing home, help may be available. The…

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Medicaid Expansion Signups Hindered By Fear of Estate Recovery

A fear that the government will seize their house after they die is causing some people to not sign up for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A…

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You Can Now Compare Nursing Homes on Staff Turnover Rates and Weekend Help

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will add data on staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels to its Care Compare website, giving consumers another tool when…

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Does the FDCPA Permit a Consumer to Dispute the Validity of a Debt Orally?

On January 31, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addressed the issue of whether a debt collection notice that advised consumers that they could only…

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Estate Planning for a Single Person

If you are single- you may not think you need to plan your estate- but single people are in as much need of a plan as anyone else. Estate planning…

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Pay Requirements — The FLSA vs. FMLA

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a recent opinion letter addressing paid and unpaid breaks for FMLA-mandated intermittent leave.  The opinion letter resolved a conflict between the Fair Labor Standards…

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Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools- but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities…

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Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes. The case involves two…

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Be on the Lookout for New Medicare Cards (and New Card-Related Scams)

The federal government is issuing new Medicare cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. To prevent fraud and fight identity theft- the new cards will no longer have beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers on…

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What a Good Long-Term Care Insurance Policy Should Include

Nursing home and long-term care costs continue to rise and it is difficult to qualify for Medicaid to pay for nursing home costs. Long-term care insurance can help cover expenses- but…