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Nov

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Happiness Is a Serious Problem

Happiness is a serious problem for many people, especially in our current COVID-19 environment.  You only need to look as far as Facebook and other forms of social media to confirm this.  Happiness is even more of a challenge for parents who have a disabled child.  They have additional obstacles to overcome and worries to […]

12
Nov

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How to Save Money on Your Medicare Prescriptions

Reviewing your Medicare prescription drug plan each year can potentially save you hundreds or thousands of dollars annually on your prescription costs.  The more medications you take and the higher the costs of those medications, the more likely it is that you are overpaying for them.  Minimizing your drug costs requires some effort, but it […]

04
Nov

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Medicare Vs. Medicaid

Medicaid Medicaid is a means-tested program, which means that eligibility is based on a person’s income and assets. It is administered by the state, in accordance with the federal government. Medicaid provides medical coverage to certain groups of individuals with low income. Two of these groups are people with disabilities and elderly individuals in need […]

04
Nov

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Medicare Explained

No matter how we spin it, Medicare is not as easy as it looks. This blog is going to attempt to help explain some of the basics about Medicare. You will learn how it works. You will understand Medicare Part A and Part B and the choices you have to make once you sign up […]

16
Apr

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Funding a Special Needs Trust

Two of the most often-asked questions I receive is “How much do I need to fund my child’s trust with?” and “How can I fund a trust for my child when I don’t have the money now?”  Let’s address each question individually, starting with the second. Most people don’t fund their child’s Special Needs Trust […]

06
Mar

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MOLST Medical Orders

THE MOLST BLACKHOLE

One of the best-kept secrets when it comes to guardianship and end-of-life decisions is the MOLST and the OPWDD checklist.  I was recently sucked into the MOLST black hole when I attempted to implement end-of-life decisions for my brother, Scott.  As his legal guardian, I thought I had the authority to implement Do Not Resuscitate […]

05
Feb

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The Gift

Many years ago my parents received a gift that they never asked for. My mother grieved for six months when she discovered that her youngest child, Scott, had been born with Down syndrome. It was routine for doctors in 1961 to advise parents to place such infants in an institution so that they did not […]

02
Jan

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Advocacy In a Nutshell

What happens when you are no longer around to care for your disabled child?  As you get older, this question becomes increasing relevant and, for many parents, a serious problem. If you are elderly and your child has been living at home, the question as to who will care for your child can become extremely […]

07
Jun

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APPLYING FOR SSI/MEDICAID FOR MY SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD

Approximately 66% of disability claims are being denied at the initial claims level.  Considering the importance of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to a special needs child and the new pilot program governing the appeals process in New York, some parents may want to consider enlisting a Disability Specialist to help in the process. […]

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