November 2022

Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia

Every year, 16 million people in the United States care for family and friends with dementia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Caregivers of people with dementia provide care for longer durations than those who assist individuals with other conditions. They also have comparably higher risks for anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of

What You Need to Know About Medicaid’s Patient-Pay Obligation

Nursing home residents who qualify for Medicaid benefits to pay for their care are obliged to turn over their monthly income, typically Social Security and pension benefits, to the facility where they reside. This is the Medicaid recipient’s “patient-pay” obligation. Medicaid pays the rest. But there are a few exceptions to this patient-pay requirement. One

Savings for Seniors: Lower Medicare Part B Premiums in 2023

For the first time in more than 10 years, Medicare Part B enrollees will see some of their costs decline. In an announcement issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency outlined changes to the premium, deductible, and co-payment amounts for numerous Medicare costs taking effect in 2023. Medicare Part B

Comparing Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage

Recent research by the Kaiser Family Foundation examined the differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. While people in either program were similarly satisfied with their care and overall care coordination, some distinctions became apparent. Traditional Medicare’s Strengths Traditional Medicare is a federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older and individuals with disabilities.