VA Pension Program Rules have Changed

Effective October 18, 2018, The VA made some major rule changes to its Pension Program. This is the program that provides financial assistance to eligible wartime veterans and their surviving spouses for long term care costs.  The changes include a maximum net worth limit, a three year look back period for transfers and penalties for […]

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Open House and Fundraiser a Big Success!

On October 18th, we held an Open House and fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  For the last 5 years, Gibbons | Neuman has fielded a team that has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and we have raised thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association.  This year we increased our fundraising goals and had […]

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Gibbons | Neuman Keeping the Community Informed

Several of the attorneys of Gibbons Neuman have been busy lately keeping the Tampa Bay community informed of important legal matters.   On May 9th, Attorneys Elizabeth Allen, Beverly White and Gary Gibbons appeared on WMNF’s Radioactivity radio show hosted by Rob Lorei.  The show focused on long term care and Medicaid issues and the […]

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2018 Medicaid and VA Pension Figures

Certain Medicaid income and asset standards are adjusted beginning each January in accordance with changes in the SSI federal benefit rate (FBR) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Likewise, maximum benefit amounts under the VA Pension Program are adjusted each year based upon the CPI.  For 2018 , the new figures are: SSI FBR = […]

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News article highlights some elder care issues…but not all

Several weeks ago Jill Schlesinger, CPF, a CBS News Business Analyst, wrote an article entitled “When making long-term care decision, get a second opinion” which was published in several news outlets.  You can read the whole article here. The article mentions that 70% of people turning 65 can expect to use some form of long […]

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Helping Veterans Pay for Long Term Care

There are currently over 25 million veterans alive in the United States. There are over 9 million surviving spouses of veterans currently living in the United States. Many of these veterans and surviving spouses are receiving long term care or will need some type of long term care in the near future, and there are […]

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Do I Need A Living Will, A Do Not Resuscitate Order, Or Both?

In our estate planning practice, we encourage our clients to make important advance decisions as to their own health care.  This involves “advance directives” such as designating a Health Care Surrogate (and back-up persons) to make health care decisions if you become incapacitated and can no longer make those decisions for yourself; and, preparing a […]

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