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Medicaid Asset Transfers: What Are The Rules?

Medicaid Asset Transfers: What Are The Rules? For many families, paying for a loved one’s extended stay in a nursing home would be difficult without the help of Medicaid. However, in order to qualify for the program, a person’s income and assets must fall within certain limits. Federal rules state that to qualify for Medicaid nursing home coverage, a person must have no more than $2,000 in “countable”... 

Medicaid Asset Transfers: What Are The Rules?

For many families, paying for a loved one’s extended stay in a nursing home would be difficult without the help of Medicaid. However, in order to qualify for the program, a person’s income and assets must fall within certain limits. Federal rules state that to qualify for Medicaid nursing home coverage, a person must have […]  Read More →

Texas Farm Bureau & Texas Department Of Insurance Trying To Take Away Important Rights

I’ve seen a lot of questionable conduct by insurance companies, but the latest proposal may take the cake. Texas Farm Bureau is now petitioning the Texas Department of Insurance to allow it to offer a “discount” to its home insurance customers in exchange for customers giving up their rights to a fair trial of any dispute. But the good folks at Texas Watch have been trying to find... 

Maree v. Neuwirth – Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit to Proceed With Additional Defendants

The complex and often non-transparent structure of nursing homes can make it difficult after an incident of abuse or neglect to know which entities to hold responsible.  As The New York Times reported in-depth on the issue in 2007, these facilities have worked to structure ownership in ways that separate real estate and investment from operations, in many cases resulting in several distinct sub-companies... 

Small Business E-Verify Users Beware: Log-in or Start Over

Starting on August 1, 2016, USCIS has announced that all E-Verify users will have to log in every 270 days to have maintain their E-Verify accounts.  E-Verify is a voluntary USCIS program which permits employers register and then check new hires through the USCIS database to determine work eligibility.  It is in addition to and not in place of normal I-9 processing. USCIS has announced that E-Verify... 

Litigation Funding Helps Victims of Wrong-Way Auto Crashes

A 36-year-old man was killed when he collided with a woman driving on the wrong side of a four-lane road in West Palm Beach. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and her ten-year-old daughter were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The investigation into this wrong-way crash is ongoing, but it is believed that both drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.... 

Parr v. Breeden – Violation of Federal Trucking Rules Does Not Create a Separate Employer Duty

Truck drivers have tough jobs that often require them to work long hours hauling huge loads across the country. In order to reduce the chances that these drivers will crash (posing serious risks to themselves and others) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets rules and guidelines that dictate things like how much the truck can carry, how many hours the driver can work, what driver... 

OSHA fines four Illinois companies after construction worker’s death

An employee sustained fatal blunt force injuries while working at a wastewater treatment plant in Springfield, Illinois, in October 2015. The 42-year-old man was testing joints for leaks inside a 54-inch pipe when an inflatable bladder burst. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Henderson Construction of Central Illinois Inc. did not provide... 

Veterans Find Inner Peace, Alter Brain Function following University of Michigan Study

Kristina Derro Veteran Advocate The University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System teamed up to study the effects of mindfulness training among veterans suffering from PTSD; the positive results of the study came as a surprise even to the researchers. Mindfulness training can be thought of as a form of meditation and yoga. Veterans often describe their PTSD symptoms as “an endless... 

CRS issues a report on the EB-5 program in advance of congressional debate

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program, a program that grants permanent resident status to certain foreign nationals who make sizable investments in the United States which create United States employment. The EB-5 program is set to expire on September 30, 2016, and the report comes amid debate in Congress over the program. In 2015,... 
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