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Elder Law Newsletter - November 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 Dana Perry and the other members of the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial

You're Not Alone in the Medicare Maze
by Amy Boulware, Elder Care Planning Manager, (LAP MSW)
"Have you ever seen so much mail in all your life?" asked Mary Jane as she dumped a box of envelopes, mailers, flyers, and booklets on the table. Mary Jane had come to me seeking help with the world of Medicare choices. To be honest, the box had so much paper in it that we could have probably used it to wallpaper her entire house three times over if we wanted. 

Mary Jane was several months away from her 65th birthday, and as a result, her name was on the mailing list of every insurance company that has anything to do with Medicare. She knew there were decisions to be made and these decisions were time sensitive, but that was as far as she got. In fact, she shared with me that her close friends recently had dinner together, and all they could talk about was Medicare and turning 65. None of them felt properly informed, and in fact, they were all frightened— not frightened about the prospect of turning 65, although some might have been, but frightened about making a bad decision and having to live with it for the next 30 years. 

There are decisions that need to be made regarding Medicare on a yearly basis, which makes it even more confusing for many seniors. Last week, the Center on Aging at the American Institute of Research (AIR) released a set of issue briefs detailing the complexities of enrolling in Medicare.
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Fall Prevention Coalition Breakfast Meeting
11.16.2016 | 8:00-10:30am
Our Elder Law Team is excited to host the Fall Prevention Coalition Breakfast this November. 


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