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Movement Grows to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

Movement Grows to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

Medicare does not offer much in the way of dental benefits. To get dental coverage, you need to purchase separate and often costly dental insurance or sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan that includes dental care. Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries are arguing for...

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New Law Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans

New Law Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans

President Trump has signed a spending bill that makes major changes to retirement plans. The new law is designed to provide more incentives to save for retirement, but it may require workers to rethink some of their planning. The Setting Every Community Up for...

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Medicaid’s Treatment of the Home

Medicaid’s Treatment of the Home

Nursing home residents do not automatically have to sell their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid, but that doesn't mean the house is completely protected. The state will likely put a lien on the house while the resident is living and attempt to recover the...

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Home Care Costs Rise Sharply in Long-Term Care Survey

Home Care Costs Rise Sharply in Long-Term Care Survey

When it comes to long-term care costs, the charges for home care are now rising faster than those for nursing home care, according to Genworth's 2019 Cost of Care survey. In the past year, the median annual cost for home health aides rose 4.55 percent to $52,624,...

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IRS Issues Longterm Care Premium Deductions for 2020

IRS Issues Longterm Care Premium Deductions for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2020 income as a result of buying longterm care insurance. Premiums for "qualified" longterm care insurance policies (see explanation below) are tax deductible to the extent...

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Medicare Premiums to Increase By Almost $10 a Month in 2020

Medicare Premiums to Increase By Almost $10 a Month in 2020

After small or no increases the past couple of years, Medicare’s Part B premium will rise sharply in 2020. The basic monthly premium will increase $9.10, from $135.50 a month to $144.60. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the premium...

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Tips for Preventing Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Tips for Preventing Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Reports of elder financial abuse continue to increase, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to scams or to financial abuse by family members in need of money. It is hard to ascertain the exact numbers of people affected by elder abuse because studies show that...

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What to Do If You Are Appointed Guardian of an Older Adult

What to Do If You Are Appointed Guardian of an Older Adult

Being appointed guardian of a loved one is a serious responsibility. As guardian, you are in charge of your loved one's well-being and you have a duty to act in his or her best interest.   If an adult becomes mentally incapacitated and is incapable of making...

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