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The Best and Worst States for Protection Against Elder Abuse - The older the population gets, the greater the potential for elder abuse. States have laws in place designed to combat elder abuse, but some states are doing a better job than others.
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How Do You Determine the Cost Basis of an Inherited Property If There Was No Appraisal? - If a property appraisal was never obtained when a parent died (2016), how can we determine the cost basis in order to calculate the capital gains taxes? Four siblings inherited the home and plan to sell it.
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Charitable Giving Options Under the New Tax Law - The new tax law makes it harder to claim a tax deduction for charitable contributions. While charitable giving should not be only about getting a tax break, if you want to get a tax benefit from your contributions, there are a couple of options. 
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Have Private Insurance and Are Turning 65? You Need Sign Up for Medicare Part B - If you are paying for your own insurance, you may think you do not need to sign up for Medicare when you turn 65. However, not signing up for Medicare Part B right away can cost you down the road. 
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Can a Medicaid Recipient Keep Secondary Insurance? - Where do I go to find something about retaining secondary health insurance while a senior citizen is in a nursing home? Medicaid wants the money that we pay monthly for my 86-year-old mother-in-law's secondary insurance. The elder law attorney told us that we could keep that insurance policy in effect. I need something in writing.
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Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room? - Technological advances have made it easier to stay connected with loved ones all the time. This has included the ability to install cameras in a loved one's nursing home room. These so-called "granny cams" have legal and privacy implications. 
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IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2019 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2019 income as a result of buying long-term care insurance.
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Medicare's Different Treatment of the Two Main Post-Hospital Care Options - Hospital patients who need additional care after being discharged from the hospital are usually sent to either an inpatient rehabilitation facility or a skilled nursing facility. Although these facilities may look similar from the outside, Medicare offers very different coverage for each.
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Are Payments to Third Parties Subject to the Five-Year Look-Back Period When Applying for Medicaid? - Are payments to third parties subject to Medicaid’s five-year look-back rule? If I purchase item(s) for my child, but make the check out to a third party (i.e., check paid to retailer for appliances, to firm for landscaping services, to roofing company for new roof, etc.), are these also subject to the five-year rule, even if the check is not payable to my child?
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Learn About Social Security's Online Tools - With the aging population becoming increasingly tech savvy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has moved a lot of services online. From applying for Social Security benefits to replacing a card, the SSA has online tools to help.
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