ElderLaw News May 2011

May 2011

To Clients, Colleagues and FriendsTo Clients, Colleagues and Friends:

Julian Gray Associates welcomes the return of the nationally touring film, "You Are Here" on June 2nd. The film will be presented at the Butler County Community College's Succop Theater at 7:00pm and will be followed by an expert panel discussion regarding dementia. Please contact Erinn Sentner at 412-269-9000 or erinn@grayelderlaw.com for reservations or for more information!

Responsibility for a Deceased Relative's Debts

Family members generally should not have to pay for a decedent's debts, but it is important to know your rights because collection agencies may target the decedent's relatives.

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Caregiver Contracts: A Growing Planning Trend for Families

A growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts (also called personal service or personal care agreements) with their family members. Having such a contract has many benefits, including being a key part of Medicaid planning.

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New Rule Requires Homebound Medicare Patients to See Doctors

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services has issued a new Medicare requirement that doctors must meet face-to-face with their patients who are receiving home health care in order for the patient's home health visits to be reimbursed.

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States May Now Extend Medicaid's Spousal Protections to Same-Sex Partners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will now permit states to extend Medicaid long-term care protections long available to spouses of nursing home residents to same-sex domestic partners as well.

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