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2019 COLA INCREASES FOR MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, TAX AND VETERANS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA There are a great many public benefit numbers and tax numbers that are adjusted on an annual basis.  This article is designed to make those numbers readily available. The following are current numbers for 2019. Medicaid Income Cap[1] $2,313 Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA)[2] $126,420 Minimum CSRA[3] $25,284…

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THE IMPACT OF CROWD-FUNDING ON INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Crowd-Funding People often utilized an online device known as “crowd-funding” to raise money for certain purposes. Popular online websites include GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Crowdrise. These websites allow users to fundraiser for individuals and personal causes. They are often very effective ways to raise money. On other occasions, crowd-funding…

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MY CLIENT RECEIVED A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT, HE IS ON MEDICAID, DOES HE NEED A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

Pathways to Medicaid   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…

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MEDICAID APPLICATIONS: WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO USE A LAWYER

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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