Elder Law Educational Series & Events

“Long Term Care & Asset Protection”

Mr. Schecter will present to the Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach eligibility requirements for programs available to help pay for assistance at home, in an assisted living facility, or nursing home.

WhenWednesday, July 26, 2017

Daytona Beach Regional Library
105 E Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach

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Time2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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To RSVP please call Affordable HomeCare at (386) 676-6375.

Our law firm believes that education is a powerful tool to help us make informed decisions. Below are articles which may do just that!

Medicare Advantage “Do-Over” Window Will Soon Close

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period ended last month, but certain beneficiaries who regret their selection can get a do-over from now through mid-February. The Medicare Advantage disenrollment period runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this time, beneficiaries in private Medicare Advantage plans can switch to Original Medicare and, if desired, select a Part D drug plan. This is the only move permitted: Those in Original Medicare can’t switch to Medicare Advantage and those already in Medicare Advantage can’t switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan. Unless those beneficiaries qualify for a special enrollment period, they will have to wait until the fall to make any changes to their coverage that will be effective at the start of 2018. The winter disenrollment period for Medicare Advantage may be easy to miss. It’s not accompanied by the same advertising blitz that characterizes the annual fall open enrollment, when the airwaves fill with commercials for Medicare Advantage and Part D drug plans. For those unhappy with their Medicare Advantage coverage, it’s an important chance to leave your plan, regardless of whether you enrolled years ago or during the recent open enrollment. (For tips on navigating Medicare in general, check out Money's comprehensive guide.) Beneficiaries aren't limited in the number of times they can take advantage of the Medicare Advantage disenrollment period during their lifetimes.

Source/more: Money

CMS Revised Nursing Facility Regulations

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released revised nursing facility regulations. These regulations govern most aspects of nursing facility operations, and apply nationwide to any nursing facility that accepts Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement.

Read the report from Justice in Aging.

It is important for caregivers (family, Attorney-in-Fact, representative) and the resident (if possible) to participate in the care plan meetings to ensure quality of care. By participating in the care plan meetings the resident and/or caregiver can monitor the progress of the care plan and may voice any concerns. Please note that the resident or the caregiver can request additional care plan meetings through the nursing supervisor or social services if needed to meet the goals of the care plan.

Our law firm periodically conducts free seminars in and outside our office on the following topics:

  • Estate Planning
    • Wills & Trusts
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Elder Law Educational Series
    • Living Wills

  • How To Avoid Probate
    • Medicaid Planning
    • Protect Your Assets
    • Long Term Care Options

  • Planning For The Future
    • Learn About Levels of Care
    • Placement Issues
    • Health Care Issues

Please contact our office for the dates of upcoming seminars (386) 672-2550