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Posted on July 28, 2017

In 2012, Parkview Healthcare Center’s history of safety violations led California regulators to issue an ultimatum reserved for the most dangerous nursing homes. The state’s public health department designated Parkview, a Bakersfield, Calif., nursing home, a “special focus facility,” requiring it to either fix lapses in care while under increased inspections or be stripped of federal funding by Medicare and Medicaid — a financial deprivation few homes can survive. After 15 months of scrutiny, the regulators deemed Parkview improved and released it from extra oversight.

Posted on July 28, 2017

One of the main characters on HBO's hit series, Game of Thrones, is paralyzed. Another has lost his right hand. We've met an important character with a severe skin disorder and another with an intellectual disability. And Peter Dinklage, the actor who comes first in the credits, is a little person. So is Rebecca Cokley, executive director of the National Council on Disability. She's a fan of the show — in part because it's given average-sized viewers a new set of references for people who look like her.

Posted on July 28, 2017

Getting a solid night’s sleep is crucial not only for feeling good the next day — there is increasing evidence that it may also protect against dementia, according to new research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.

Posted on July 28, 2017

District officials say doctors in the city may now begin the process of prescribing life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, setting up a showdown with Republicans in Congress who are trying to void the city’s assisted-suicide law.

Posted on July 28, 2017

The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund, which pays retirement and survivors benefits, and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund, which pays disability benefits, are by law separate entities. However, to summarize overall Social Security finances, the Trustees have traditionally emphasized the financial status of the hypothetical combined trust funds for OASI and DI.

Posted on June 28, 2017

The President’s budget called for over $600 billion in Medicaid cuts over a decade through either a per capita cap or a block grant. The proposed savings would come on top of the proposed $800-plus billion in cuts over 10 years in the American Health Care Act. The budget also calls for medical liability reforms, such as capping awards for non-economic damages at $250,000 indexed to inflation. NAELA does not anticipate Congress to act on the proposed additional cuts to Medicaid, but remains concerned about Medicaid structural reforms in the Senate generally.

Posted on June 28, 2017

At what level should an individual’s estate be taxed? $1 million? $2 million? $5 million? Back in 2014, the District of Columbia passed a major tax reform deal that included increasing its estate tax exemption amount from its then-$1 million level, once revenue targets were met. So the District’s exemption level doubled to $2 million at the start of 2017, and now it’s poised for 2018 to go up to match the generous federal exemption level ($5.49 million for 2017, indexed for inflation).

Posted on June 28, 2017

Lawmakers called on Congress last week to continue funding a program that helps beneficiaries navigate Medicare, following the administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposing to cut it entirely.

Posted on June 28, 2017

Some seniors are moving to Mexico for assisted living care. Costs at these facilities are much cheaper, but family members worry about the distance and their loved one's access to medical care.

Posted on June 28, 2017

The majority of people with Alzheimer's disease die in long-term care facilities, although the percentage is decreasing, whereas the number of people with the disease who die at home is increasing, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“We were very pleased with the firms professionalism and courteous way we were treated. We would recommend your firm to our friends and family.”

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“Thanks so very much for all of your work with this tremendous achievement. Our family is very blessed to have you in our world and Angelo would thank you for our family if he could. Your amazing efforts and perseverance on this case were outstanding. Thank you!”

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“I just want to thank you and your paralegal staff again for all the help you were to me and to my family. Your advice on the gifting process and all your work in navigating the Medicaid application in general was very greatly appreciated. Having all that work done prior to my dad’s death has made things a whole lot easier for all of us. Although he was never in a position to know anything about what was going on, I’m sure my dad would also have truly appreciated all the kindness and patience shown to us by you and your staff.”

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