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Medicaid Nursing Home Strategies

September 1, 1999

Many of you have seen those seminars or publications on shifting assets to qualify for Medicaid’s nursing home coverage. I know, because you send me questions about them. Here is a guide to those strategies and the angles you need to consider before pursuing them. Medicare, the program to assist seniors with health care, covers […]

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The Attack On Seniors’ Health Care

September 1, 1999

These days you hear a lot of politicians talking about “saving Medicare” and offering seniors additional health care benefits, such as free prescription medicine. But take a look at what the politicians are doing instead of what they are saying. Then you’ll see that many of these same politicians are reducing seniors’ health care options […]

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Tips on Choosing a Long Term Care Insurance Policy

May 1, 1999

You’ve decided to buy a long-term health care insurance policy. Now you need the right policy to cover your needs at a reasonable cost. The wrong policy won’t cover everything you want or will cost too much. Here’s how to shop for a long-term care policy. First, decide how much care to finance. Many stays […]

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Smart Ways To Finance Long-Term Care

April 1, 1999

What is one of the major financial misconceptions among Americans? Many people incorrectly believe the government will pay for nursing home care or other long-term health care. The fact is federal and state governments pay very little of the cost of home health care, assisted living, independent living, and nursing homes. (See last month’s issue […]

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Long-Term Care Options for Seniors

March 1, 1999

None of us likes to think about it. But the fact is that in any older married couple, the odds are pretty high that at least one of the spouses will spend some time in long-term health care. More than likely, it won’t be the traditional years’-long stay in a nursing home. The stay likely […]

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Tips on Shopping for the best Medicare Supplement

February 1, 1999

Your health care options are steadily shrinking. Federal rules deterred many health care providers from offering the new Medicare options described in my September 1998 issue. And other rulings caused many HMOs to either stop participating in Medicare or to substantially increase the fees charged. For many of you, the only option now is the […]

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How To Get Ready For The Medicare Overhaul

September 1, 1998

Medicare recipients are in for a big shock this fall. The 1997 Balanced Budget Act enacted some major changes in Medicare that begin taking effect in 1999. You’ll be expected to make more choices. Yet a recent AARP survey found that only about 11% of Medicare participants know enough to make an informed choice. Perhaps […]

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How should retirees handle the health care limbo

August 1, 1998

The number of retirees in “health care limbo” is rising, and could rise quite a bit over the next few years. Health care limbo is that period when a retiree is not covered by an employer or other private health plan and is too young to apply for Medicare. People get in health care limbo […]

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