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Medicare’s Online Compare Tool Just Got Better

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently combined eight online Compare tools into one on Medicare.gov. This new tool, called Care Compare, has data about providers across different disciplines – making it easier for Medicare beneficiaries and their family members to get the information they need. CMS’s eight separate Compare tools…

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Senior Living Options

As older adults age in Massachusetts, they have new options of places where they can live. They can choose a place where they’ll continue to live independently, a location that provides help when it’s needed, a facility where they can receive 24-hour care when that’s required, and even a place where they can live independently…

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4 Reasons to Have a Personal Care Contract

Studies have found that an estimated 90% of seniors prefer to receive care at home vs. receiving institutional care. They want to continue to live in the comfort of their own homes as long as possible to stay close to their loved ones, maintain their independence, and enjoy a better quality of life. Another good…

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Why You Need to Plan for Long-Term Care Expenses

Fact: the majority of people over 65 will need long-term care.It’s estimated that 70% of people over the age of 65 will require some type of long-term care (LTC) services during their lifetime. That could mean needing assistance with at least a couple of activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, or bathing, and…

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What Assets and Income Count Toward MassHealth Eligibility?

To qualify for MassHealth benefits, seniors (age 65 or older) must meet strict financial eligibility requirements, including both a limit on countable assets as well as income. If you’re married and live with your spouse, both of your incomes and assets count in deciding if  you can get MassHealth. Countable income includes: Wages, salary, tips, commissions (before deductions) Self-employment…

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