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Medicare open enrollment

Medicare open enrollment

By Miles Hurley | October 19, 2021

It’s Medicare open enrollment time! Starting Oct. 15, through Dec. 7, you may make changes to your Medicare health and prescription drug plan. Do the many available plans confuse you and cause you to want to pull your hair out? Well, you’re not alone. Most of the seniors we serve are covered by Medicare and…

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Medicare or Medicaid

Medicare or Medicaid?

By Miles Hurley | January 5, 2021

Medicare or Medicaid? What Medicare Will Cover and When to Apply for Medicaid Picture this . . . Susie, who is 82 years old, fell, broke her hip, and was taken to the hospital. The hospital then discharged her to a skilled facility for rehab. Now, after about 6 weeks, the facility is ending Susie’s…

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Medicare Open Enrollment: Medicare Advantage Plans

By Miles Hurley | November 17, 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021 is in full swing! But, the Dec. 7th deadline to enroll or change your coverage is quickly approaching! Our November 3, 2020 blog discussed Original Medicare and all of its “parts.” But what about Medicare Advantage Plans and how they stand up to Original Medicare? Is there really an advantage to…

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Medicare Open Enrollment

By Miles Hurley | November 3, 2020

It’s that time of year again! It’s Medicare open enrollment! Do the many available plans confuse you and cause you to want to pull your hair out? Well, you’re not alone. Most of the seniors that we serve are covered by Medicare but scratch their heads when trying to decipher what the different “parts” of…

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Putting the Pieces of the Elder Law Puzzle Together Part 1

PART 1: Putting the Pieces of the Elder Law Puzzle Together, Why We Ask What We Ask

By Miles Hurley | July 14, 2020

  In our July newsletter, we talk about the types of questions that elder law attorneys often ask during an initial consultation, as well as why they are important. From health conditions and existing legal documents to income and assets, elder law attorneys ask a lot of personal questions. You may be asking yourself, “why…

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Elder Law QuickFacts for 2020: Updated Medicaid and VA Numbers

By Miles Hurley | February 5, 2020

  At the beginning of each year, there are changes in the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and benefit amounts for VA Aid and Attendance.  This is because these numbers change with each Social Security change, and Social Security changes go into effect on January 1st of each year. This year, we have a 1.6% increase…

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Possible Changes to Medicare’s Three-Day Rule

By Miles Hurley | October 9, 2019

 .   In early August, a class-action lawsuit got underway that could impact the three-day Medicare rule. This follows a bi-partisan bill filed in March that would change the rules for nursing home admissions. In order to understand the changes, you have to understand the current Medicare rules. There are only two ways to be…

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Medicare Part D: Shopping for a New Plan Can Save You Hundreds!

By Miles Hurley | October 2, 2019

Medicare’s Open Enrollment starts on October 15 and continues until December 7.  Like thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, you’re probably planning to skip this year’s opportunity to make changes to your Medicare benefits. Medicare is not a set it and forget it plan.   By skipping this year’s Open Enrollment period, you could be forgoing hundreds…

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How to Find Quality Nursing Home Care in Georgia

By Miles Hurley | September 25, 2019

  Nursing home care, for most families, is the option of last resort.  In our experience, many are placed in a nursing home for two reasons:   Around-the-clock clinical care and oversight is absolutely needed. The aging loved one has run out of money and cannot afford any other option.   Many try to avoid…

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New Medicare ID Cards

By Hurley Elder Care Law | April 13, 2018

Preventing identity theft is the purpose of the new Medicare ID cards. Because a person’s Social Security number is currently on Medicare ID cards, this number, (used by Social Security Administration, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, state Medicaid agencies, health care providers and health plans), is subject to misuse in the hands of an unscrupulous person.…

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