Rebecca A. Hobbs, PottstownMercury

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Past articles by Rebecca:

Legal Ease: Difference between assisted living and nursing homes

Understanding the differences between assisted living facilities and nursing homes is important when making the decision as to where a loved one should be admitted. Assisted living facilities and … → Read More

Legal Ease: What is the Caregiver Child Exemption in regard to nursing home care

When facing the need for nursing home care, a common fear is the loss of the family home. Where a child has been living in the home with the parent and caring for the parent, the child may qualify … → Read More

Legal Ease: Medicaid: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announces 2023 burial limits

The limits set for the burial reserve change annually based on the average burial costs in each county. It is important to note that the maximum amount is based on burial and not cremation which te… → Read More

Legal Ease: End of public health emergency; impact on Medical Assistance for long-term care

The federal COVID-related Public Health Emergency (“PHE”) was extended on October 13, 2022, for another 90 days. The PHE is in effect through January 11, 2023. However, the PHE is set to end unless… → Read More

Legal Ease: 2023 Spousal Impoverishment Standards released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the new numbers for income and asset eligibility for Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care (“Medicaid”). The new numbers inc… → Read More

Legal Ease: Medicaid versus Medicare, how are they different?

Medicare and Medicaid are easily confused. Medicare and Medicaid are both public health insurance programs. However, the programs are very different. Medicare is a federal program for individuals o… → Read More

Legal Ease: IRS announces increase to the Federal Gift and Estate Tax Exemption amounts

The IRS recently announced that the annual gift tax exclusion is increasing to $17,000, per recipient for 2023. This is the highest the exclusion has ever been. This change is effective January 1, … → Read More

Legal Ease: Estate administration and what do when the original will can’t be found – The Mercury

The probate process in Pennsylvania varies based upon whether an individual dies having a Last Will and Testament. If someone dies having executed a valid Will that was in existence at the time of … → Read More

Legal Ease: Applying for Medicaid for nursing home care

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania are expensive. Based on the Genworth cost of care survey, for 2021 [1]the median cost in the greater Philadelphia area for nursing home care was $11,437 per month for … → Read More

Legal Ease: Involuntary discharge from nursing home and patients’ rights – The Mercury

An involuntary discharge from a nursing home and be extremely disruptive to an individual’s care and can be very emotionally upsetting. There is federal law that provides protection to seniors that… → Read More

Legal Ease: New estate tax change, 5-year relief for portability election

On July 8, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance that extends the timeline for the spousal portability election (Rev. Procedure 2022-32). Prior to the new guidance, the due date fo… → Read More

Legal Ease: Why you need a caregiver agreement

As family members age and require care, the burden of that care often falls on an adult child. For those that leave jobs to care for family members, it can become a financial hardship for the fami… → Read More

Legal Ease: COVID-19 and nursing home staffing shortages

It is no secret that many industries have struggled with staff shortages, but few have been impacted as significantly as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Overwhelmed by the stress… → Read More

Legal Ease: Are children responsible for parents’ nursing home bill in Pennsylvania

Most parents would not want their children to be financially burdened with their nursing home bills. However, Pennsylvania’s Filial Support law can hold children responsible for their parents’ medi… → Read More

Legal Ease: Duties of an agent under a general durable power of attorney

You have been named as an agent under a General Durable Power of Attorney, now what? Most people are familiar with what a Durable Financial Power of Attorney is; however, if you are named as an age… → Read More

Legal Ease: Medicaid Asset Protection trusts

When planning for the cost of long-term care, it is possible to preserve your estate for your children or other heirs while still relying on Medicaid to pay for your long-term care in a skilled nur… → Read More

Legal Ease: Who will make health care decisions for you?

As an adult, you make your own health care decisions. However, what happens if you are not able to make or communicate decisions regarding your health? In emergency situations, medical providers ge… → Read More

Legal Ease: The Secure Act and the new proposed regulations

December 2019 brought significant change to the rules on retirement accounts through the enactment of the SECURE Act (the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act). Recently, on Fe… → Read More

Legal Ease: Will the nursing home take my house?

According to Genworth’s cost of care survey, in 2021 the median cost of nursing home care in a semi-private room in Pennsylvania was $10,403 monthly ($124,836 annually). The need to pay for the … → Read More

Legal Ease: Guardianship in Pennsylvania

When an individual attains the age of eighteen (18) years, that individual has the right to make decisions on their own behalf. Where an individual has a disability, limitation, or impairment that … → Read More