Author: Jeffery D. Stinson, Certified Elder Law Attorney

Jeff is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, a distinction held by only a handful of lawyers in Indiana. For almost 20 years, he has focused on elder law, estate planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Affairs benefits planning, special needs planning, guardianships, and estate administration.

Is Independent Living Rent a Deductible Medical Expense for VA Pension?

Can I deduct my independent living apartment rent as a medical expense on my application for VA pension?  This is a common question we receive and the answer depends on the reason for residing in independent living.  Using ordinary rent as a deductible medical expense on an application for VA pension benefits had been an abusive […]

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How You Can End Up in Medicare’s Donut Hole, and How You Get Out

Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans can have a coverage gap—called the “donut hole”–which limits how much Medicare will pay for your drugs until you pay a certain amount out of pocket. Although the gap has gotten much smaller since Medicare Part D was introduced in 2006, there still may be a difference in what you […]

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President Biden Proposes Billions in Increased Funding for Home Care

Is increased funding for home care on the horizon?  President Biden has introduced a plan to spend $400 billion over eight years on home and community-based care for the elderly and people with disabilities. The money would go to expand access to care and support higher-paying caregiving jobs. As the elderly population grows, our long-term […]

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IRS Announces That Face Masks and Related Purchases Are Tax Deductible

Face masks and related purchases are tax deductible. The IRS has announced that the tax deduction for medical expenses includes amounts spent on face masks, sanitizer and other products purchased to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you have significant medical expenses, you may be able to deduct them from your taxes. Many types […]

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Medicaid Recipients Have a Little More Time to Spend Down Their Stimulus Money

The one-year deadline for nursing home and waiver residents on Medicaid to spend down their first round of stimulus checks is here, but they may have a little extra time. In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized $1,200 stimulus checks to most Americans, including Medicaid recipients. Another round of […]

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Spring Clean Your Estate Plan

  Spring clean your estate plan.  Review your estate plan as part of your spring cleaning. Ensure that it is up-to-date to meet your needs and goals. You should review your estate plan team, beneficiaries, and team instructions. Here is a form for the Estate Plan Team Instruction Manual.   Information and articles from our […]

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