Medicare Eligibility After Hospital Observation Status

Hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect. Signed by President Obama in August 2015, the law was intended to prevent surprises after a Medicare beneficiary spends days in a hospital under “observation” and is then … Read More

Moving to a New State Can Get Complicated

Posted on July 5, 2016 by The Arc. To read the original article, please click HERE.  By Wendy H. Sheinberg, CELA written for The Arc in partnership with the Special Needs Alliance.  Moving to another state is a challenge for most families. If a family member has disabilities, that challenge is even greater. State benefit programs vary, and states administer federal programs at … Read More

Medicaid Basics

We have many folks who contact us about financing long term care. Sometimes there has been a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another long term debilitating disease, and sometimes there has been a fall or a sudden illness that puts the family in crisis mode. In either case, it is not unusual for us to have to either undo some preliminary … Read More

Budget Cuts and Medical Care

In a press release dated November 23, 2010, Dr. Alfredo Vigil, Secretary of Health for New Mexico, announced an 8% cut to the annual budgets of the 3,700 recipients of Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program.  There will also be a 5% rate reduction for all providers in this program.  Most significantly, Dr. Vigil stated that no more families will be admitted … Read More

September 23, 2010, A Big Day!

In 2009, a woman came to our office who had been referred to us by a divorce attorney.  She was a mother whose 6 year old son was born with a chromosomal defect.  The family is an honest hard working family.  Dad worked in construction and mom had recently taken a part time job as a home health aide.  Neither … Read More