A Pennsylvania Court has ruled that Clarence and Barbara Scott are not financially responsible for the 31 year old autistic son’s care. The Scotts who reside in New Jersey, had placed their special needs son in a Pennsylvania care facility. After New Jersey cut its funding for out of state placements, the Scott’s refused to have their son move back to Pennsylvania allegedly due to a lack of an appropriate facility for him. After 14 months, the Scott’s son was returned to New Jersey and the Scotts were billed $205,000 by the facility which they refused to pay. The court rejected the care facility’s argument that Pennsylvania law controlled. The court held that because New Jersey’s law shields parents over the age of 55 (like the Scotts) from having to pay for the care of disabled adult children who are eligible for public assistance, the Scotts as New Jersey residents, were not obligated to pay for their son’s care.
Dr. Lisa Genova recently gave a Ted Talk on what all of us can do now to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or even slow the disease after diagnosis. As she says, “DNA alone does not determine whether you will be symptomatic for Alzheimer’s.”
The Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed policy change to increase the deduction allowed a Medicaid recipient’s patient pay amount for a guardianship/ conservatorship fee. Beginning October 1 – if approved – the deduction for guardianship/ conservatorship fee for a Medicaid recipient will be increased from $83.00 to $95.00 per month.
It is always sad to witness a senior’s ability to drive deteriorate. For many, driving is strongly correlated with independence. While it is essential to keep your loved one and other drivers safe, there are some ways to keep aging loved ones on the road longer. In addition to driving classes, here are a few […]