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Are You Too Young to Think About Medicaid Planning?

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Medicaid is a safety net for people in their later years who cannot afford the costs of long-term medical care. The benefits program is a joint federal and state program designed to offer medical assistance to individuals with low incomes and limited assets available. While the Medicaid program is intended to be helpful to those in need, accessing the benefits requires navigating an application process that many find confusing. Eligibility requirements are often misunderstood, and the overall process is frequently described as cumbersome. The difficulties attached to the Medicaid application process seem to multiply exponentially when an applicant spontaneously applies for...

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What Assets are Exempt from Medicaid Planning?

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Considering you are reading this article, you are probably already aware that there are basic eligibility requirements in place for Medicaid coverage. To be eligible for the Medicaid nursing home benefit, you have to hold $2,000 or less in total assets. You also have to have a monthly income of less than $2,313. (These eligibility requirements are current as of 2019). Knowledge of the basic eligibility requirements is the first step. The next step is to consider the asset test for Florida Medicaid. Florida does not require that Medicaid recipients be utterly impoverished. Certain assets are exempt from the eligibility requirements....

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If You Don’t Have an Estate Plan, It’s Not Too Late

If you know that having an estate plan is important, but you don’t have one, you aren’t alone. Most Florida residents are aware that they need an estate plan. But many of those Florida residents who know they need an estate plan, don’t actually have one. If you don’t have an estate plan, don’t worry. It’s not too late to call an experienced Florida estate planning attorney and protect your family and your estate. When you are creating an estate plan later in life, it is often even more important that you do so with the assistance of an experienced Florida...

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Why Should You Use Trusts in Your Estate Plan?

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Estate planning is all about controlling your assets. It offers control of your assets during your life as well as control of your assets after your death. The most basic way to establish this control is through a will, but for most people, the will needs to be followed by additional estate planning documents and tools. One of the most common is the trust. The trust can be very handy for individuals who want to control their assets. The need for a trust is driven by the level of control you would like to maintain over your estate. The trust offers...

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Choosing the Best Nursing Home for Your Parent or Loved One

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Children don’t want to think about their parents’ health declining. The lucky ones have parents who chose their own retirement community well in advance of needing the services. And the luckiest of all have parents with the means set aside to cover the costs associated with long-term care. But most of the time, the responsibility for finding a facility to provide long-term care services fall to the adult children of seniors. They do the legwork, they find the facility, they figure out funding for the long-term care, etc. Finding the right nursing home or other long-term care facility can be...

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How to Plan Ahead for Long-Term Care Costs

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Remaining independent as long as possible is a top priority for many Americans. Yet the majority will eventually need some type of housing or care support as they grow older. There are a number of options that provide for various needs. It is best to consider the options before you need them so you can plan for the unexpected and have access to the resources you need when the time comes. For many, the first option is in-home care. Approximately 80% of in-home care is provided by family members or nonprofits. As many are unpaid family members, this mode often comes...

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Estate Planning: Is Your Family Prepared for a Late-Life Health Emergency?

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When we get in a vehicle, we have seat belts. We are all aware that they are provided for our safety. Almost every time we get in a vehicle and drive to a destination, we do so without incident, yet we wear seat belts while we are in a vehicle as a precaution for the rare instances when there may be some type of car accident. This is similar to planning for unexpected medical events and emergencies. Proper estate planning can help manage the financial implications that are associated with unexpected health problems and the potentially long-term care needs that...

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Do You Understand Florida Medicaid Programs?

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Some questions are rhetorical. Others simply don’t deserve an answer. Some don’t have an answer at all and then there are the questions that have answers so big we don’t quite know what to do with them. One such question of epic proportions is: Do You Understand Medicaid Requirements? The Medicaid programs are federal programs administered on the state level. The program is designed as a means of offering assistance to low-income individuals that meet eligibility criteria set by each state. Florida’s eligibility is determined by age or disability in combination with income and asset limits with financial eligibility changing annually. Medicaid...

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5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Most people associated Alzheimer’s or dementia with memory loss that disrupts daily life. This is one of the symptoms of the condition, but it is not the only one. It is also not necessarily the most common symptom. As Alzheimer’s affects more and more people and requires extensive health care services, it is important to complete estate planning early to prepare for unexpected situations later in life. It is also important to watch for early signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the conditions that requires the most extensive long-term care services. Other Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Memory (already mentioned): It’s...

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What You Don’t Know About Medicaid

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Are you familiar with Medicaid? What do you actually know about it? And more importantly, what don’t you know about Medicaid? What You Don’t Know About Medicaid: Medicaid was created in 1965 and is now the nation’s largest health insurer. It is an integral part of the American economy and society as a whole. Medicaid covers care at the end of life for millions. In addition to providing elder care to many seniors, approximately half of U.S. births are covered by the program. Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal government and the individual states. The coverage provides access to various health benefits for...

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