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My Client Received A Personal Injury Settlement, He Is On Medicaid, Does He Need A Special Needs Trust? – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA GENERAL An extremely important source of funding for medical needs for persons with disabilities is Medicaid.  When a person is receiving Medicaid, the first question is whether a Special Needs Trust (SNT) is required.  There are a number of pathways to Medicaid.  If the individual’s Medicaid is means-tested,…

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Medicaid Applications: Why It Makes Sense To Use A Lawyer – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA INTRODUCTION Medicaid applications are complex and extremely labor-intensive.  They require an enormous amount of time to collect and verify all of the necessary data that must accompany the application.  If an application is delayed for even one month because there is incomplete or incorrect information, the applicant has…

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ABLE ACCOUNTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Congress enacted and the President has signed legislation known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.[1]  The Act is modeled on 529 Plans and will provide tax-favored accounts for individuals with disabilities to pay for qualified expenses.  Before these accounts can be implemented, two…

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New Study Reveals Medical Dangers of Isolation

[Originally published in the NAELA eBulletin] Those who are socially isolated are over 40% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, than those who were socially integrated, new research has shown.  The German study, presented May 23, 2020 at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress, found…

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