Public Benefits Articles


Administration Gives Up on Long-Term Care Insurance Program (Or Maybe Not)

The Obama administration has suspended implementation of the CLASS Act, a proposed national long-term care insurance program ...

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Federal Disability Benefits Set to Rise Only 1.5 Percent

People with disabilities and senior citizens will receive a 1.5 percent increase in their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2014, an even smaller cost of living adjustment than last year's 1.7 percent.

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Qualified Disability Trusts Can Offer Tax Savings

Some special needs trusts may be eligible for considerable tax savings.Here's how.

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Special Needs Trustee Must Repay Trust for Failing to Seek Public Benefits

In a recent New York case, an institutional trustee has been ordered to pay back a special needs trust almost $180,000 for its failure to make certain that the beneficiary qualified for available public benefits.

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Long-Term Care Program is Casualty of 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

The final budget deal Congress passed to avert the fiscal cliff repeals a long-term care insurance program that would have helped keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes and off the Medicaid rolls.

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2012 Medicare Premiums Will Be Lower Than Expected

On the heels of the announcement of a 3.6 percent increase in Social Security benefits in 2012 comes news that Medicare's monthly premium will be much lower than expected next year -- and will actually drop for millions of beneficiaries.

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Will Standardized Tests Be Used to Evaluate Disability Claims of the Mentally Ill?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently proposed new regulations for how it determines whether someone with a mental dis...

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Groups Press for Long-Term Care to Be Part of Health Reform

Disability rights groups are calling for the inclusion of long-term care services and supports in health reform.

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