Parents and grandparents of people with special needs have a unique opportunity to make life much easier for their children or grandchildren by creating a first-party special needs trust while they are still living.
A new survey of nearly 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries has found that Medicare beneficiaries who are younger than 65 receive fewer medical services, have a harder time paying for the medical care that they do receive, and are more likely to...
There are some times when an SSI or SSDI beneficiary is responsible for notifying the government of a change in his or her life. Missing a required notification could result in a loss of benefits.
In the first part of a two-part series, we explore initial steps for trustees to take when it comes time to terminate a special needs trust.
A recent case from California illustrates what can happen when good intentions go awry and you rely on a generic estate plan to distribute funds to a relative with special needs.
In most cases, transferring resources out of a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicant's name will result in the imposition of a penalty period. Here is how the transfer penalty works.
When Richard West, a 63-year-old veteran with muscular dystrophy, caught his home health care provider overbilling the state of New Jersey for services that it provided to Medicaid patients, he never expected that the state would reward him for his...
When you start a new job you may be offered a wide range of employee benefits. If you are the parent of a child with special needs . . .