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Medicare Reimbursement for Skilled Rehab Therapy

New Issue Brief: Implementing Jimmo v. Sebelius: An Overview - In 2013, a federal district court approved a settlement agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius, No. 5:11-CV-17 (D. VT). The Jimmo Settlement confirmed that Medicare coverage should be determined based on a beneficiary’s need for skilled care (nursing or therapy), not on the individual’s potential for improvement. The Jimmo Settlement and court decisions pertain to all Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country and apply regardless of whether an individual is in traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan. Unfortunately, more than six years after the Settlement’s approval, the Center still regularly hears from Medicare benefici

Your Advocacy Is Needed Now!

As you probably have heard by now, the state House formally rejected the Senate’s two-year budget proposal on Tuesday so the formal negotiations on a final budget plan to get to Gov. Cooper will now begin in earnest. It is anticipated that a conference committee will be named in the next few days for the negotiations, however, it is widely viewed that legislative leaders will play the key role in deciding what will be in the final budget. We shared with you last week that, for the most part, the House budget contains significant more funding for aging related issues than the Senate proposal. FYI, copied below is the comparison of the proposed House and Senate funding for key aging progra

An Announcement for "Blue-Water" Veterans

I ceremoniously note that on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019, the Solicitor General announced the Department of Justice will not appeal the recent Procopio decision, thus extending the Agent Orange presumption to “blue-water” veterans that were within the 12 nautical mile territorial waters limit of Viet Nam. Procopio is now the law of the land. Courtesy of Drew Early, Esq. of Tucker, GA

SECURE Act: How It May Change the Face of Retirement Planning

On May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1994, also known as the SECURE Act, by a vote of 417 to 3. The SECURE Act is now headed to the Senate, where a nearly identical bill (the Retirement Enhancement Savings Act, aka RESA) is pending. Due to its overwhelming bipartisan support, experts believe the SECURE Act, perhaps with minor adjustments made in the Senate, will easily become law. Key provisions of the SECURE Act include: Increasing the required beginning date (RBD) for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from 70 ½ to 72 Repealing the maximum age for contributions to traditional IRAs Adding exceptions for penalty-free withdrawals by an account owner Requiring cert

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