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HTMLIt's Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices
Amy B. Boulware, Peter J. Harrison, Leah Mitchell McElmoyl, Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 9, 2016
Are your Medicare plans still working for you? Medicare's open enrollment period, in which you can enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7. Now is the time to review your options to determine if switching plans could save you money.

 

HTMLTypical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017
Amy B. Boulware, Peter J. Harrison, Leah Mitchell McElmoyl, Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 9, 2016
Social Security benefits will rise only slightly in 2017. This follows no increase in benefits in 2016 and small increases for many of the previous years. The small bump in 2017 will likely be eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.

 

HTMLYou're Not Alone in the Medicare Maze
Amy B. Boulware; Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 9, 2016
"Have you ever seen so much mail in all your life?" asked Mary Jane as she dumped a box of envelopes, mailers, flyers, and booklets on the table. Mary Jane had come to me seeking help with the world of Medicare choices. To be honest, the box had so much paper in it that we could have...

 

HTMLSenate Bill Targets Part D DIR Fees
Susan W. Berson, Tara Swenson Dwyer, Rodney Whitlock; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2016, previously published on October 11, 2016
Just last month the “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act” was introduced in the Senate to amend the Social Security Act. The bill seeks to prohibit Part D plans (and their contracted pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)) from retroactively reducing payments...

 

HTMLMinnesota Employer Had No Duty to Find New Position for Older Worker, Eighth Circuit Holds
Bruce J. Douglas; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2016, previously published on October 10, 2016
A 63-year-old employee, who had worked in an administrative capacity for her employer for 12 years, was told that her position had been eliminated due to a customer-commissioned audit of the company’s services and recommended that ABM streamline its staff. She sued and claimed, among other...

 

HTMLIf Your Child Receives SSI and Is Turning 18, It's Time to Talk to Your Special Needs Planner
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 5, 2016
If your child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and is going to turn 18, you should talk with your special needs planner about some important changes that could significantly impact your child's SSI benefit.

 

HTMLHelping Your Child Transition From School to Work
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 5, 2016
What will your child do after "aging out" of special education? While the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has helped ensure that children with disabilities enjoy access to appropriate educational programs through age 21 (or a bit longer in some states), families often...

 

HTMLHouse Overwhelmingly Passes SNT Fairness Act
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 5, 2016
The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others, has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 382 to 22.

 

HTMLChoosing an Investment Adviser for a Special Needs Trust
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 5, 2016
Money exchangeTrustees of special needs trusts have a duty to properly manage the funds in their care. However, most trustees, especially non-professional ones, are not sophisticated investors and they should not be directly managing the investment of large sums of money. This does not mean that...

 

HTMLThe $3 Billion Market for Financial Elder Abuse
Amy Boulware; Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2016, previously published on September 7, 2016
I received a phone call from my college roommate a while back. We talk often. So the call wasn't out of the ordinary. The topic of her call, however, was quite unexpected. Meredith said she needed my professional help, and it was serious. Her parents divorced when we were in college, and shortly...

 


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