Medicaid Eligibility Myths

Call an Elder Law Attorney Before Counting It a Lost Cause Just like when you catch a cold, the moment you start talking about applying for TennCare/Medicaid benefits, it is likely you will find yourself suddenly surrounded by “experts.”  Tidbits of knowledge and advice are passed along like home remedies by well-meaning family members, friends, […]

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TennCare Applicants: Beware of Conditional Assistance

In recent months, TennCare caseworkers have been promoting a strategy called “conditional assistance” to help over-resourced applicants qualify for benefits.  Conditional assistance is available to any applicant who has a single excess non-liquid resource and therefore does not meet the financial requirements to qualify for benefits.  The TennCare policy manual defines non-liquid resources as real […]

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Qualifying for Medicare Savings Programs

If you need help paying for Medicare coverage but are too young or too healthy to qualify for Institutional or Categorically Needy Medicaid, you may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program. These programs are funded by Medicaid under TennCare and provide varying levels of assistance for Medicare recipients in low income and asset brackets. […]

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Public Benefits Updates: What’s New in Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Aid & Attendance

Throughout 2012 and into the beginning of this year, change has been afoot in many of the public benefits programs serving seniors.  Applications and evaluations have been overhauled, lists of covered services have been rewritten, and criteria for qualification have been rethought.  Applying for public benefits and knowing what services you may qualify for has […]

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Planning for Digital Assets

In the digital age, one consideration individuals need to keep in mind when planning for the future is what will happen to their digital assets after they die. Ownership of digital assets is not always as clear-cut as it is with hard copies of information, and family members’ access to photos, videos, financial accounts, and […]

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Planning for Incapacity: Powers of Attorney vs Conservatorship

Nobody wants to imagine a situation in which he or she will be unable to manage his or her own finances or health care, but the reality is that as we age, many of us will need assistance with these deeply personal matters. For some people, dementia, mental illness, or other forms of disability may […]

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Your Advance Directive: A Gift to Your Loved Ones

The holiday season is for most people an opportunity to celebrate family, friends, and life, so it may seem a strange time to talk about end-of-life planning. However, as the year draws to a close and people gather with loved ones from near and far, it may in fact be the ideal time for many […]

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Becoming a Senior: Are You Prepared?

As you, your clients, or your loved ones approach retirement age, you will be faced with many challenges and choices related to health care, safety, finances, and maintaining an overall good quality of life.  At Elder Law of East Tennessee, both in our office and in our personal lives we know many examples of people […]

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Older Americans Month 2013: “Unleash the Power of Age!”

Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme — “Unleash […]

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