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Better Options in Alzheimer’s Living Facilities

By Jad Stepp | Mar 31, 2020

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Library of Medicine reports the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for approximately two-thirds of all diagnosed cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s is also one of the most expensive diseases to treat […]

More Telehealth Services Being Covered by Medicare in Response to COVID-19

By Jad Stepp | Mar 24, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it has increased access to Medicare telehealth services. This means that Medicare beneficiaries can receive more benefits from their doctors without having to […]

Study Provides New Insights on Parkinson’s Disease

By Jad Stepp | Mar 17, 2020

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes a progression of symptoms including, body tremors, limb rigidity, Bradykinesia (slow movement), as well as balance and gait problems. The cause of Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains largely unknown. One well-known indicator of […]

A Ban on Medicaid Work-Rules

By Jad Stepp | Mar 11, 2020

The Trump administration has failed once again to engraft into Medicaid an Arkansas requirement that before low-income adults up to age 49 can receive health-care benefits, they must work, attend school, or volunteer.[1] In a stinging opinion, a unanimous panel […]

Blended Families Require Careful Planning

By Jad Stepp | Mar 3, 2020

Couples often bring children into a marriage from a prior marriage or union and then have children together. This is often referred to as a blended family. Blended families highlight the need for careful estate planning to make sure the […]

Understand IRS Rules Regarding the Gift Tax

By Jad Stepp | Feb 18, 2020

The gift tax is a tax on the transfer of assets, cash or property, to another without receiving something of equal value. The asset has to be of a certain value for the tax to apply; otherwise, it falls under […]

The Impact of the SECURE Act of 2020

By Jad Stepp | Feb 12, 2020

Congress has passed a bipartisan appropriations bill. In the contents of this spending bill is a piece of legislation known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE), the first significant change in retirement legislation since the […]

Property Co-Ownership: Know the Risks

By Jad Stepp | Feb 3, 2020

Although owning property with family may let you pass on the asset without going through probate, there are several risks, including taxes, creditor exposure, and loss of control. So when dealing with property, it is important to consider these risks […]

Understanding the Importance of a Living Will

By Jad Stepp | Jan 28, 2020

A living will lays out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment.  It is often accompanied by a health-care proxy or power of attorney, which allows someone to make treatment decisions for you if you are incapacitated and the living will […]

Should Adult Children Pay for Elder Care?

By Jad Stepp | Jan 21, 2020

The astronomical expense of long-term nursing care is no longer news. Costs can run around $7,000.00 or more per month, depending on location. Hundreds of thousands of people presently need that kind of care and the numbers are rising. Ten […]