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Trouble in the American Hospice Care System

Trouble in the American Hospice Care System

A newly released Inspector General Report from the Department of Health and Human Services exposes the vulnerabilities in the Medicare-funded hospice program. The report consolidates patient and Medicare payment data back to the year 2005 and concludes that some...

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How to Choose the Nursing Home for You

How to Choose the Nursing Home for You

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is an important decision and should be carefully considered. It is important for families to take the time to explore nursing home options and to carefully assess the nursing home facilities in order to choose the best care for...

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Estate Planning with Your Blended Family

Estate Planning with Your Blended Family

Couples often bring children into a marriage from a prior marriage or union and then have children together. This is often referred to as a blended family. Blended families highlight the need for careful estate planning to make sure the needs of each spouse are met,...

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Retirement Planning Constantly Changing

Retirement Planning Constantly Changing

In France, proposals to raise the retirement age are met with street protests. Yet around the world, the retirement age is creeping up; in the United States, it is moving up from 65 to 67. In fact, 2019 research shows that many Americans expect that they might never...

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Talking to Your Kids About Their Inheritance

Talking to Your Kids About Their Inheritance

Many parents are uncomfortable talking to their kids about their wealth.  Talking about how much money or property you have is usually viewed as taboo.  Asking someone else about what they have is often considered impolite. But failing to talk to kids about how much...

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Seniors Need to Engage in Estate Planning

Seniors Need to Engage in Estate Planning

When it comes to establishing wills and estate plans, older Americans outpace their younger counterparts. Still, a significant number — 19 percent of those over age 72 and 42 percent of those between 53 and 71, according to survey data — lack any type of estate plan....

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Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning

Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning

It is essential that as your parents' age, you have conversations with them about their finances. To broach the topic, you might bring up current events like the coronavirus pandemic, its effect on economic conditions, and how it relates to the security of their...

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Telehealth Services to Be Covered by Medicare

Telehealth Services to Be Covered by Medicare

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it has increased access to Medicare telehealth services. This means that Medicare beneficiaries can receive more...

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Basic Estate Planning Documents

Basic Estate Planning Documents

Estate planning aims to achieve a number of objectives including, but not limited to, designation of guardians, incapacity planning, asset protection, asset distribution and wealth maximization.

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Is a Joint Will a Good Idea?

Is a Joint Will a Good Idea?

A joint will is a will that two or more people make together, rather than each making their own will individually. In practice, a joint will is typically created and signed by a married couple in order to dispose of property that they own together.

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