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What Is An Able Account And How Can It Help Protect Your SSI Check? – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA An ABLE account is a new device available to the disability community that allows a disabled individual to have a limited bank account without risking eligibility for their means-tested public benefits.  ABLE accounts can receive $17,000 per year from all sources and are capped at the maximum account…

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Managed Long-Term Services and Supports and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – Begley Report

By:  Marianne Johnston, Esquire MANAGED LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS As of July 1, 2014, what was formerly known as Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO) is now known as Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS).  Individuals previously receiving benefits under AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP), Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD) and Traumatic…

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New Jersey announces increase in Medicaid Penalty Divisor effective April 1, 2022

By Marianne Johnston, Esq.   On May 24, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) announced an increase in the Medicaid penalty divisor from $361.20 to $374.39. Here’s what this means. If an applicant for long-term care Medicaid benefits transfers assets within five-years of applying, a…

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2022 COLA INCREASES FOR MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, TAX AND VETERANS BENEFITS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             Many public benefit and tax numbers are indexed to inflation.  Different agencies use different inflation factors, but Social Security used 5.9 for increasing the numbers for 2022.  Below is a chart that states numbers for the following:  Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare, Tax, Veterans Aid and Attendance and…

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