How the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan Act’ Will Help Seniors

Q, I know that Congress and President Biden recently approved a new law that adds significant money into improving vaccinations and other COVID-19 outreach, but I wonder what other provisions are in the new law that might help seniors. A. Good question. The AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 (“ARPA”), R. 1319, was narrowly passed… Read More »

Stimulus Payments Will Not Impair Medi-Cal, SSI, Nor Covered CA Eligibility

Q. My wife and I are both on SSI and Medi-Cal and we just received $1,200 under the federal stimulus program, and hope to receive another round if Congress and the new administration approve more. Will these payments mess up our public benefits, which we depend upon? A. The short answer is “No”. Some background may… Read More »

Medicare Relaxes Requirements for Nursing Home Coverage

Q. I hear that Medicare has announced that, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, it will now be more generous in covering nursing home stays by relaxing some of its long-standing coverage requirements. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes. A bit of background may be helpful. Medicare has traditionally imposed three conditions as… Read More »

New Law: Medi-Cal Dramatically Scales Back Estate Recovery

Q.  My husband receives a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with his nursing home expense, and I have long worried about protecting our home from a later Medi-Cal “payback” claim. I heard there might be some changes coming.  Do you know anything about this? A. Yes, indeed, there are big changes coming! Gov. Jerry Brown just signed… Read More »

New End of Life Law Became Effective in California; Recently Challenged; Reinstated Pending Further Legal Proceedings

[Alert to Readers:  Make sure to read the “ALERT” at the bottom of this post for recent developments]. ******************************* Q.  I  hear a new Right-to-Die law goes into effect very soon. Do you know anything about this? A.  Yes. Starting June 9, 2016, California becomes the fourth state in the union to allow a terminally… Read More »