Protect Yourself and your Property with “Property Fraud Alert” Service
Are you an owner of real property in the tri-county area? If so, you should register yourself and your loved ones on this free “Property Fraud Alert” service. Why? Because according to the FBI, Property Fraud is becoming increasingly popular and oftentimes, it goes undetected.
A Survivor’s Guide to What to do After a Loved One Dies
We understand the loss of a loved one is an extremely difficult time for you and your family. In this checklist, we have listed some action steps for you to take after a loved one passes away. You can use this as a guide as you progress through the steps.
New Year, New Law - Banning “Surprise” Medical Bills.
Another new year brings in another new law - this one aimed at consumer and patient protection. Thanks to the “"No Surprises Act," which went into effect Jan 1, you will no longer be surprised by the cost of medical bills for a doctor or services you didn’t choose in emergency situations.
New Year, New Push Towards Price Transparency
The concept of “shopping around” is a concept we are all familiar with. However, shopping around for non-emergency medical prices and procedures was a difficult thing to do, but it’s getting easier. A new law that took effect January 1, 2021 requires hospitals to publicly disclose their prices online in a consumer-friendly format.
Temporary Changes to Medicaid during COVID Outbreak
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Trump Administration are reducing certain regulatory requirements for Medicare and Medicaid to better help medical providers and states respond to and stop the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Effect of COVID on Qualified Plans and IRAs
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In addition to providing economic relief to employers and employees, it also contains temporary provisions that effect Qualified Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
COVID-19 Impacts Medicare for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Trump Administration are reducing certain regulatory requirements for Medicare and Medicaid to better help medical providers and states respond to and stop the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Florida Spending for 2019-2020
Every year after the Governor of Florida signs the Florida Budget, I like to review it to see how it might affect Medicaid and other programs for the Elderly and persons with developmental disabilities, and veterans...
Considering Digital Assets in your Estate Plan
The digital age has introduced some new twists and turns to estate planning. With computers, smartphones, and the internet playing such a major part of our lives, the need to include digital assets as part of your estate plan...
HIPAA, The Good, The Bad, and the Solution
HIPAA is a Federal Law with the full name “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996″. Although it was enacted in 1996, the Federal rules implementing this statute were not completely enacted until December 2000 with a ..
Informed Delivery Fraud Prevention
We wrote several months ago about the Informed Delivery an electronic service provided by USPS which allows you to get a preview by email or App of what is going to be delivered to your home..
Hospital Price Transparancy
Effective January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publicly post sticker prices online. So, if you are curious about what a hospital test or procedure will cost, you can check the hospital’s website to get an idea. .
Elder Abuse & Neglect - What it is and who is Accountable?
Florida has made it state public policy to protect it’s elder population. In particular, we have Florida Statute Chapter 415 which is titled “Adult Protective Services”. This law defines what Elder Abuse and Neglect is and the penalties related to this crime..
Freezing Credit to Minimize Identity Theft
We all know that identity theft is a growing problem, and it is especially prevalent with our senior population. For those of you with elderly parents who fear they may be vulnerable to identity theft, consider placing a credit freeze..