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Dec
22
2014

Wes Fitzwater to Address Quarterly OAAPI Meeting in January

To DD/MH & APS Supervisors and Investigators:
Wes Fitzwater of Fitzwater, Meyer, Hollis & Marmion has been asked to share a modified version of the Workshop he presented at the NAPSA Conference entitled Legal Incapacity: Working with a Questionably Competent Client at the quarterly OAAPI call in meeting on January 27, 2015 from 10:30-12:00pm.

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Dec
22
2014

What Happens to a Medicaid Recipient If the Community Spouse Dies First?

When one spouse is in a nursing home and applying for Medicaid, planning has to take into account the possibility that the spouse who is not in the nursing home (called the "community spouse") may pass away first. This is because the community spouse`s death may make the spouse in the nursing home ineligible for Medicaid.

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Dec
19
2014

Will You Lose Medicare or Medicaid If You Leave the Nursing Home

Reunions, graduations, birthdays, and holidays: Whatever the occasion, nursing home residents don`t want to miss out on family gatherings, but may be afraid that they will lose Medicare or Medicaid coverage if they leave the nursing home. In most cases, Medicare recipients can leave for a day or two, although the nursing home may bill them in order to hold their beds. Medicaid recipients will need to check with their state.

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Dec
10
2014

Family Strife over Elder Care? Consider an Elder Mediator

One or both parents requiring care can create serious stresses and conflicts within families. Sometimes disagreements and misunderstandings over elder care or inheritance issues can lead families to break apart, affecting descendants for generations. To avoid this, elder mediation is available to resolve family disputes that otherwise may go unaddressed or lead to costly and traumatic litigation. A successful resolution can preserve family ties to the benefit of the entire family tree.

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Dec
10
2014

Talking to Relatives About Guardianship of a Child with Special Needs

You can typically only choose one or two guardians for your child with special needs but this doesn`t mean that you can`t get other friends and family members involved with your child`s care.

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Dec
04
2014

Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

Gift cards are the most popular holiday gifts, but they can cause problems for recipients who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Here are some things to consider before purchasing a gift card for a person with special needs during this holiday

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Dec
03
2014

Attorney General Rosenblum Announces 2014 `20 Worst Charities List.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today issued the Attorney General`s 20 Worst Charities list, an annual review of non-profit organizations that spend the majority of their donations on administrative costs and hiring professional fundraisers rather than on the cause they support. All of the charities are based outside of Oregon, but solicit donations in the state. A full list of the 20 Worst Charities...

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Dec
02
2014

Three Big Differences Between SSI and SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both federal programs that provide cash payments to people who meet the federal definition of "disabled." But the similarities between the two programs end there. Here are the three main differences between them.

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Nov
14
2014

9 Steps to Less Stressful Caregiving

Taking care of a loved one with special needs can be exhausting and stressful. Often due to the lack of outside help, a devotion to the person needing care, or the tunnel vision that can accompany exhaustion, caretakers don`t take care of themselves.

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Nov
10
2014

Estate Planning for a Vacation Home

If you are lucky enough to own a vacation home, then you need to figure out what will happen to it after you are gone. Many parents hope to keep vacation homes in the family, but guaranteeing that can be tricky.

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