Trying to navigate the complexities of Medicare and Medicaid can be daunting. This newsletter has a few articles of interest that might help you recognize and avoid some of the pitfalls of both.
First, be on the lookout for new Medicare cards (if you haven't already received one). These started rolling out in April, and they no longer will have the insured's Social Security Number, which should help prevent some of the fraud and identity theft issues faced by seniors.
Next, you may also want to familiarize yourself with the limitations on when loans issued may be considered gifts for purposes of Medicaid spend-down.
There are more proposed changes to Medicare payments to doctors, and these changes could result in fewer doctors accepting Medicare patients. There is still an opportunity to have your voice heard on this issue as comments are being accepted until September 10th.
Last, in the things that make you go "hmmm", there are actually assisted living facilities in New York not accepting residents in wheelchairs, and evicting those who become wheelchair reliant. Assisted living facilities are governed by State laws, so be aware of the rules should you find yourself contemplating moving to a facility.
As always, should you have questions on these or any other topics, please don't hesitate to contact us.