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2021 COLA INCREASES FOR MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, TAX AND VETERANS BENEFITS

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 2021. Medicaid Income Cap[1] $2,382 Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA)[2] $130,380 Minimum CSRA[3]…

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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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ORGAN DONATIONS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA [Article originally published in Straight Word]  Attorneys preparing Wills for clients should always also prepare a Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney and ask the client if he or she is willing to make an organ donation. Every ten minutes someone is added to the National Transplant…

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Medicaid Planning with Disability Annuity Trusts

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA The Concept A sole benefit of trust is a creature of HCFA Transmittal 64.’ These trusts have traditionally been used in crisis planning. They can be established for the benefit of disabled persons—a Disability Annuity Trust (“DAT”).2 The idea is that assets would be transferred to an irrevocable trust for the sole benefit of the…

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