On January 12, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments on multiple cases relating to the issue of Medicaid estate recovery. The hearing was the culmination of years of litigation in lower courts throughout the state. While many lower courts ruled in favor of the estates of individuals who received Medicaid benefits, the Court of Appeals often sided with state – and in my opinion – contrary to the law. It will likely be months before we know the final outcome, but hopefully the Supreme Court will not simply rubber stamp the state’s position and interpret the statute according to its clear language. Stay tuned for further updates.
A study released last month from Merrill Lynch and AgeWave (“The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity”) examines the emotional, functional and financial implications of caregiving. While 7 out of 10 Americans turning age 65 today will need “care for prolonged periods” and 1 out of 5 likely to need care for more […]
Medicaid was originally designed to provide health insurance for disabled people. However, the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) significantly expanded the program to include able-bodied adults. According to the current Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma the expansion jeopardizes medical care for the “individuals the program was originally intended for.”
I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law. Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer. While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it. I believe an attorney who claims to specialize in elder law should […]