December 2017

Giving Your House to Your Children Isn’t the Best Way to Protect It

You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it. Although you generally do not have to sell your home in order to qualify for

Medicare’s Part B Premium Unchanged in 2018, But Many Will Pay More

The announcement of the 2018 Medicare premium is good news for some beneficiaries and bad news for many others.  The good news is that the standard monthly Part B premium, which about 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay, will again be $134 next year, unchanged from 2017. But most Medicare recipients pay a lower premium because they

Can Special Needs Trusts Reimburse Family for Travel Expenses?

Families of people with special needs often face unusually high travel expenses.  Medical emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances may require travel to care for their loved ones at a moment’s notice.  Or family members may simply need to travel in order to visit the person with special needs. Typically, family members can be reimbursed for