August 2017

Better Together…Integrating Financial Products with Medicaid Planning

By Stanley M. Vasiliadis On July 21, I had the opportunity to present a program at the 20 th Annual Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg. This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and is an educational workshop for attorneys. The presentation illustrated how financial products such as life insurance, annuities, and long-term care

Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage

Have you or a loved one been denied Medicare-covered services because you’re "not improving"? Many health care providers are still not aware that Medicare is required to cover skilled nursing and home care even if a patient is not showing improvement. If you are denied coverage based on this outdated standard, you have the right

Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

No one wants to think about his or her death, but a little preparation in the form of a prepaid funeral contract can be useful. In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be a good way to spend down assets in order to qualify for Medicaid. A prepaid