Public Benefits

Public benefits are usually means-tested welfare benefits for people who need assistance. Typically they are taken from general tax dollars, which is why they are treated differently from entitlement programs. Public benefits include:

Benefits you paid for through payroll deductions are entitlements. They include Medicare, Social Security Disability (SSDI), Social Security Retirement and Railroad Retirement.

Elder Law Attorneys and Special Needs Law Attorneys frequently use tools like special needs trusts or engage in Medicaid Planning to help older adults and individuals with special needs access public benefits. We’re still building this website, so if we haven’t answered your questions yet on one of our main pages or in a blog post, contact us at websupport@ezelderlaw.com.

  • BLOG POSTS

    Can a nursing home resident leave for a family meal while covered under Medicare days?

    Sometimes nursing home residents want to leave the nursing home to visit family or just get some fresh are. So can they do that while Medicare is paying for skilled therapy. This question was address in a November, 2019, blog post by the Center for Medicare Advocacy. The article cites footnote of the Medicare Benefit […]

    Resources for Older Veterans

    In an August 2022 blog post, the VA urged Veterans to check out resources for Older Veterans. The post states, whether your an older Veteran, a family member or caregiver for a Veteran of any age, or you serve Veterans, check out these resources: VA Caregiver Support– Resources and programs for family caregivers VA Mental Health– […]

    Articles – Week of August 12, 2022

    We regularly scour the internet looking for information relating to elder care, special needs and elder law. Although we review a number of sources collecting information, many of the articles listed here were found using Google Scholar Alerts. If a link you need has gone missing, try pasting the link into the Wayback Machine (Internet […]

    Medicaid Renewals Post-COVID-19 Expected To Be Difficult

    During COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) prohibited most state Medicaid agencies from disenrolling individuals who received Medicaid. However, the rules installed to protect Medicaid recipients during the pandemic are currently scheduled to end in October, 2022, and, as pointed out in an NPR special, many families are expected to face hardship. […]

    Gibbs

    Elder Law and Special Needs Law News Roundup – 7-29-2022

    We regularly post links to news articles and other resources that related to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. We focus on general news, health and healthcare news, special needs news, events, government sources, financial and retirement news and legal news. Some cited resources are for professionals, but most are news or other helpful articles […]

    Can the State Take Grandma’s Home After She Dies? What is Medicaid Estate Recovery?

    Medicaid’s estate recovery claim is essentially a creditor’s claim allowing the State to recover medical assistance paid on behalf of recipients of long-term care Medicaid. Authority for the claim is found at 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(b). The claim is limited to the applicant’s estate, although State laws vary regarding what the estate looks like. As shown […]

    Elle

    Articles – Week of July 29, 2022

    The following articles relating to Elder Care, Elder Law and Special Needs were found during the week of July 29, 2022: Health Related Articles: Barriers to and facilitators of ethical encounters at the end of life in a nursing home: an ethnographic study Home‐ and community‐level predictors of social connection in nursing home residents: A […]

    Elle

    Elder Law and Special Needs Law News Roundup – 7-22-2022

    We regularly post links to news articles and other resources that related to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. We focus on general news, health and healthcare news, special needs news, events, government sources, financial and retirement news and legal news. Some cited resources are for professionals, but most are news or other helpful articles […]

    Medicaid Planning Scenario: Am I eligible for Medicaid?

    Let’s assume Betty, a widow, will go to a Georgia nursing home in the near future (using 2022 eligibility rules and limits) and has the following resources: A home A retirement account A CD designated for burial in the amount of $14,000 One vehicle Savings of $15,000 Checking of $1,600 In addition to her resources, […]

    Elder Law and Special Needs Law News Roundup – 7-15-2022

    We regularly post links to news articles and other resources that related to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. We focus on general news, health and healthcare news, special needs news, events, government sources, financial and retirement news and legal news. Some cited resources are for professionals, but most are news or other helpful articles […]

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