All posts by Janet Colliton

The Deficit Reduction Act – Two Years Later

This week marks the second anniversary of the federal Deficit Reduction Act and elder law attorneys, two years later, are still interpreting the sweeping changes in Medicaid law effected February 8, 2006.  While the law contains provisions that could affect anyone, it most immediately impacts middle class elderly and their families. Families want to know […]

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Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives Acts on Taxes

Those of us who have been following the Presidential primaries over the past few months may have missed developments closer to home. Last week, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives engaged in what was described by one Allentown newspaper as a “tax cutting party” slashing everything from Pennsylvania inheritance taxes to taxes on business profits, cell phones, […]

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Mental Gymnastics To Combat Aging

One intriguing question regarding living longer, healthier lives is whether mental exercise can effectively slow age related memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  As an older gentleman asked at one of my presentations, “Can’t you just take care of that by doing crossword puzzles?” As “Boomers” age, these questions will persist and, while […]

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How to Access Medicare Preventive Services

Of all the Medicare “alphabet” services, Medicare Part “B” probably receives the least attention.  Since seniors pay a premium under basic Medicare for Medicare “B” by way of deduction from their monthly Social Security benefit, they may do well to explore what benefits they may not be using.   The premium for 2008 is indexed to […]

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