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Welcome to the blog of R. F. Meyer & Associates, where we share company news and informative articles related to our Elder Law, Probate and Estate Planning legal practice.

Biden Proposes Billions More for Home Health Care Funding

Biden Proposes Billions More for Home Health Care Funding

President Biden has introduced a plan to spend $400 billion over eight years on home and community-based care for the elderly and people with disabilities. The money would go to expand access to care and support higher-paying caregiving jobs. As the elderly population...

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The ins and outs of hospital bed rentals

The ins and outs of hospital bed rentals

If you are caring for a loved one at home, you may need to rent a hospital bed. Here are the ins and outs of hospital bed rentals. The benefit of a hospital bed is that it adjusts to allow people with limited mobility to more easily get in and out of the bed. The...

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Can an IRA Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Can an IRA Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

For many Medicaid applicants, an IRA (individual retirement account) is one of their biggest assets. If you do not plan properly, that IRA can count as an available asset and affect Medicaid eligibility. Medicaid applicants can have only a small amount of assets in...

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IRS: Face masks, related purchases are medical expenses

IRS: Face masks, related purchases are medical expenses

The IRS has announced that the tax deduction for medical expenses includes amounts spent on face masks, sanitizer and other products purchased to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you have significant medical expenses, you may be able to deduct them from your...

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May 2021 newsletter now available

May 2021 newsletter now available

This morning we released our May 2021 R. F. Meyer & Associates newsletter. If you did not receive it by email, please find a link to a full PDF version of it below. Despite the thorough drenching from strong rainstorms across Ohio on Mother's Day, we hope you had...

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Medicaid’s Complicated System of Nursing Home Care Coverage

Medicaid’s Complicated System of Nursing Home Care Coverage

For better and for worse, Medicaid is the primary method of paying for nursing home care in the United States. But navigating the Medicaid system is complicated and confusing. Here are the basics. Medicaid (sometimes called by other names, such as "Medi-Cal" in...

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‘I Care a Lot’ highlights guardian system vulnerabilities

‘I Care a Lot’ highlights guardian system vulnerabilities

Netflix’s popular new movie, I Care a Lot, may be far-fetched in a lot of ways, but it does highlight some real weaknesses in the guardianship system that make it possible for an unscrupulous guardian to take control of an elderly person’s life and bleed their...

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CMS Eases Restrictions on Nursing Home Visitation

CMS Eases Restrictions on Nursing Home Visitation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance on whether families can visit loved ones in nursing homes. The guidance allows indoor visitation even when the resident has not been vaccinated. The coronavirus pandemic has hit long-term...

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