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 To Dramatically Scale 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 »

Does California Recognize the ‘Right to Die’ ? New Law Says “Yes”!

News Flash: On October 5, 2015, Governor Brown signed the End of Life Option Act.  It authorizes “an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined, to make a request for a drug prescribed …. for the purpose of… Read More »