Elderlaw News October 2012

October 2012

Welcome to our E-Newsletter

Welcome to our E-NewsletterElderLaw News is a monthly e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Julian Gray Associates.

Medicare's Open Enrollment Season Is Coming

It is that time of year again -- time to reassess whether your Medicare plan is working for you. Medicare's open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7.


How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

We've all heard that it's better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your eligibility.


Book Review: A Doctor's Prescription for Better End-of-Life Care

Ira Byock, M.D. The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life. Penguin Group, New York, N.Y. 2012. 320 pages.


Voter ID Laws May Prevent Many Seniors From Voting

The new voter ID laws that are being passed in a number of states may be disenfranchising many senior voters. The laws, purportedly enacted to prevent voter fraud, require voters to have a government-issued photo identification card -- something nearly one in five seniors lack, according to a study.


Specialists Help Seniors Buy or Sell a Home

Seniors who are buying or selling a house often have very different issues than younger buyers and sellers. Seniors may be contemplating downsizing or moving to a more accessible home, or they may be looking for a way to age in place. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) can help senior sellers, buyers, or renters navigate these issues.


Two Common Medicaid Misconceptions Regarding the Titling of Accounts

By Caitlin E. Harper, CELA Julian Gray Associates
MISCONCEPTION: I added my childs name to my accounts so the accounts are protected for Medicaid eligibility right?