Last week, when it appeared negotiations between Democrats and Republicans were breaking down, the President issued an Executive Order and three memoranda with supposed relief for beleaguered individuals and families in the middle of what is likely the most serious financial and health care crisis of our time. Several questions come to mind. Is the action legal? Is it workable? If it did go into effect how would it affect long term programs including Social Security and Medicare? Would it accomplish what it sets out to do? What are the alternatives? Where is Congress?
Especially because of the potential effect on Social Security and Medicare, two areas of practice near to my heart, these actions could not go unnoticed but another question comes to mind. How can people plan long term when they cannot be sure of their income or housing tomorrow and decisions change from day to day? Planning is an important part of what our office does.
First, this Executive Order. Is it legal?
Next. Briefly summarized, what does it say?
Esquire, Colliton Law Associates, P.C. Janet Colliton has practiced law for over 38 years, 37 of them in Chester County, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Her practice, Colliton Law Associates, PC, is limited to elder law, Medicaid, including advice, applications and appeals, and other benefits planning including Veterans benefits, life care and special needs planning, guardianships, retirement, and estate planning and administration.