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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 $15,000 per year from all sources, and are capped at the maximum account…

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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 to pay…

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Managed Long-Term Services and Supports – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA 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 Brain Injury (TBI)…

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ABLE ACCOUNTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA   On December 16, 2014, Congress enacted and sent to the President for signature an Act known as Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.[1]  This Act is to provide a tax-favored account, similar to a 529 Plan, for individuals with disabilities to pay for qualified…

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