Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2014

Medicare has published the premiums, deductibles and co-pays for 2015. The part B premium (the … [Read more...]

The VA Fiduciary Program

In the course of qualifying for the VA Aid and Attendance Improved Pension, many of my elderly … [Read more...]

Increased Income Allowance for Holocaust Survivor Pension

On August 15, 2013, I published a post describing benefits available to certain categories of … [Read more...]

Disabled Veterans Can Get Faster Decisions on Social Security Disability Benefits, Too

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, recently unveiled a … [Read more...]

Social Security Administration Announces 25 New “Compassionate Allowances” Conditions

While Social Security Disability Benefits can make all the difference in maintaining a family's … [Read more...]

Veterans Information Service Warns Against “Pension Poachers”

The Veterans Information Service ( publishes an excellent annual guide … [Read more...]

Important Numbers for Medicare and Medicaid in 2014

As a result of the Cost of Living Increase for Social Security and other federal benefits, several … [Read more...]

New Webite for Veterans will be live by Veterans Day

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education ( has developed an excellent … [Read more...]

Expedite your Claims for VA Pension Benefits

One of the most frustrating aspects of the current partial shutdown of the Federal government is the … [Read more...]

Skilled Maintenance Services Covered Under Medicare

  As I still see skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies applying the … [Read more...]

Growing Old — Not Me!

Working for the past 30 years as a medical social worker primarily with elders and their families, … [Read more...]

Arizona Representative Proposes Improvements to SSI

Last month, Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D - AZ) introduced the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) … [Read more...]

New Bill Makes It Easier to get Medicare Coverage for Long-Term Care

Under current law, a patient must have been admitted to the hospital for at least three days … [Read more...]

NAELA’s Response to Proposed Changes to VA Aid and Attendance Eligibility

The Public Policy Committee, Veterans Task Force, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys … [Read more...]