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Medicaid Minute: Did Medicaid Send You a Notice Saying Your Care Cost May Be Increasing?

Posted on January 14, 2021 by

In this month’s Medicaid Minute, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel answers the question of what to do if you or a loved one received a notice from Medicaid stating your monthly cost of care may rise in February.  She covered this topic in a previous Medicaid Minute from November 12, going back to April of […]

Wisconsin Medicaid Divisor Update

Posted on January 6, 2021 by

UPDATE: Our July 28, 2020, post informed you that the Wisconsin Medicaid divisor would remain unchanged in 2020. As we enter 2021, the Medicaid divisor will now be changed as follows. These changes are effective as of January 1, 2021. New daily average divisor = $303.38 New monthly average divisor = $9,227.81 If you have […]

Medicaid Minute: Holiday Giving for Medicaid Recipients

Posted on December 22, 2020 by

In this month’s Medicaid Minute, Elder Law Attorney Aric Burch explores Medicaid and holiday gift giving.  Our Elder Law Team works with clients who have questions about divestment exceptions or how their gift may be viewed by the IRS or Medicaid.

CMS Releases Key Medicare Figures for 2021

Posted on November 23, 2020 by

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released key Medicare figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits.  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. As is normally the case, Medicare deductibles and premiums have  increased for 2021.  Many deductibles and co-pays […]

Medicaid Minute: Uncertain Times Lead to Leniency in Rules

Posted on November 12, 2020 by

Wisconsin’s Medicaid rules have been temporarily adjusted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  In her video, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel explains a few scenarios where Medicaid recipients will not lose their Medicaid benefits despite that under normal circumstances they would have.

Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Continues to Recognize National Special Needs Law Month – Part 2

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

Our Elder Law Team continues their recognition of October as National Special Needs Law Month, with Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel’s second part of this two part series addressing what special needs planning entails. Previously, Jessica focused on the legal planning for an individual with special needs.  In today’s post, she talks about the legal planning […]

Social Security Administration Releases Key Figures for 2021

Posted on October 19, 2020 by , and

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently released key figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits, including social security retirement benefits, social security disability insurance (“SSDI”) income, and supplemental security income (“SSI”).  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. Social Security Retirement Recipients of […]

Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Recognizes National Special Needs Law Month – Part 1

Posted on October 12, 2020 by

In recognition of October as National Special Needs Law Month, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel presents this two part series addressing what special needs planning really is. Today, in Part One, Jessica focuses on the legal planning for an individual with special needs.  Stay tuned for Part Two which will focus on legal planning steps […]

Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Recognizes World Alzheimer’s Day

Posted on September 21, 2020 by

In recognition of today, September 21, 2020, being World Alzheimer’s Day and September being World Alzheimer’s Month, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel addresses the importance of Alzheimer’s awareness in elder law in a special post.

Medicaid Minute: Joint Accounts – Half Mine & Half Yours?

Posted on September 16, 2020 by

My name is Attorney Jessica Merkel and this is Ruder Ware’s Medicaid Minute.  This week, we’re here to talk about joint accounts in relation to Wisconsin’s Medicaid rules.  A client was telling me about how she’s been a joint owner on her mom’s bank accounts for about the past eight years.  Her mom was recently […]