Elder Law Newsletter – December Legal Update
Chambliss Elder Law Newsletter is a bi-monthly e-newsletter of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Leah McElmoyl and other members of the Elder Law Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.
As we head into the new year, we’re making plans for what to bring you in 2018.
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New Medicare Card – Potential for Scams
- Between now and April 2019, new Medicare cards will be issued to replace old cards having Social Security numbers on them due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
- There is no charge for the new cards.
- Note: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Social Security office employees will not be soliciting by phone or email.
- Please be cautious of anyone calling or emailing about replacing Medicare cards.
- If you have questions, please contact Sally Brewer or Amy Boulware of our elder law team.
Medicare’s Part B Premium Will Be Unchanged in 2018, But Many Will Pay More. Got That?
The announcement of the 2018 Medicare premium is good news for some beneficiaries and bad news for many others.
Three Reasons Why Giving Your House to Your Children Isn’t the Best Way to Protect It From Medicaid
You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.
You Can Give Away More Tax Free in 2018
After staying the same for five years, the amount you can give away to any one individual in a particular year without reporting the gift will increase in 2018. Very few taxpayers will have to pay a gift tax in any case.
Medicare Launches Hospice Compare Website
Patients looking for hospice care can now get help from Medicare’s website. The agency’s new Hospice Compare site allows patients to evaluate hospice providers according to several criteria.