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Wisconsin Acts to Protect Seniors

Posted on August 9, 2021 by

On Friday, August 6, 2021, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed into law six new laws for Wisconsin. One of the new laws, addresses five key issues regarding the elderly.  They are: Increased penalties for crimes committed against an elderly individual. Increased the penalty for the sexual assault of an elderly individual. Creates a crime of […]

Plan Ahead to Make Summer Memories at the Family Cabin Last Forever

Posted on June 16, 2021 by

Summertime is a special time of year in Wisconsin.  It brings many families to cabins where they create memories and traditions that will be cherished forever.  However, many problems arise if families do not create a plan for the future ownership and management of the family cabin.  The cabin may be subject to the claims […]

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Increases Monthly Spousal Income Allowance

Posted on June 1, 2021 by , and

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced the “minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance” (“MMMNA”) will be increased from $2,873.34 to $2,903.34 starting on July 1, 2021.  As part of laws designed to prevent spousal impoverishment due to the high cost of long-term care, the “community spouse” (who is the spouse of an individual receiving […]

Medicaid Minute: Use of Pooled Trust for Stimulus Checks Helps Medicaid Recipients

Posted on May 18, 2021 by

If you have money remaining from your stimulus checks and are running out of things to buy before your 12-month window to spend it closes, Attorney Aric Burch shares a unique solution for you to save that money in his latest post.

4 Reasons You Need a Custom Financial Power of Attorney for Medicaid Planning

Posted on May 10, 2021 by

We all want to save time and money when possible. So, when I am asked if the standard Wisconsin power of attorney for finances is sufficient, I understand the motivation to put a crucial document in place quickly and economically. The state form is legally valid and will give your agent certain powers to manage […]

Medicaid Minute: Three Steps To Hire Relatives and Not Hurt Your Medicaid Eligibility

Posted on February 24, 2021 by

Hiring relatives to provide care for you can have unintended consequences when it comes to dealing with Medicaid.  Elder Law Attorney Aric Burch explores three steps you can follow to safely hire relatives without hurting your Medicaid eligibility in his latest Medicaid Minute post.

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 […]