The Veteran’s Administration consists of two branches: the Veteran’s Health Administration and the Veteran’s Benefits Administration. The Health Administration helps pay for healthcare for U.S. service personnel, including hospital care, VA nursing home care, outpatient services and prescription drug benefits. The Veteran’s Benefits Administration, on the other hand, provides other types of benefits, including Aid…

If you’re a member of the U.S. Armed Services who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War, you may be somewhat familiar with a special benefits program called Aid and Attendance. The benefits from this program may be able to help you (or someone you love) pay for healthcare assistance and critical…

If you are getting remarried, you obviously want to celebrate, but it is also important to focus on less exciting matters like redoing your estate plan. You may have created an estate plan during your first marriage, but this time it will probably be more complicated–especially if you have children from your first marriage or…

Many nursing homes are improperly prescribing antipsychotic drugs to patients even though federal law restricts their use. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs normally used to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and that are considered dangerous for patients with dementia. Why are these drugs being prescribed? Nursing home residents with dementia…

Medicaid law provides special protections for the spouses of Medicaid applicants to make sure the spouses have the minimum support needed to continue to live in the community while their husband or wife is receiving long-term care benefits, usually in a nursing home. One of the most important protections is the “community spouse resource allowance”…

More and more of the music, movies, and books we own exist only online, in digital form. What happens to these collections after the owner dies? Surprisingly, while you may want your heirs to have access to the books, music and films that you loved, without a physical copy these items cannot be easily passed…

As we’ve previously discussed, a new federal law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act gives some people with disabilities or their families the ability to establish tax-free savings accounts that will not affect their ability to qualify for, or remain on, government assistance.  Advocates have fought for years for this law and…

As tax season comes to a close, donors and trustees should be aware that in certain circumstances, a third-party special needs trust may be treated as a “qualified disability trust” for purposes of income taxation. Why should you care? Because a qualified disability trust is allowed to take a much higher personal exemption than a…

President Obama’s recently-released Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposes a reallocation of payroll taxes to fix the anticipated shortfall in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund, along with increased employment assistance for people with disabilities and additional funding for the hiring of administrative law judges to handle disability benefit appeals. The SSDI trust fund…

April 15th is right around the corner, which means that it is time to file yet another personal income tax return. Although some people with disabilities may not have enough income to necessitate an income tax filing, most people will need to file a return based on their earned and unearned income. Beneficiaries and trustees…

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