How the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan Act’ Will Help Seniors

Q, I know that Congress and President Biden recently approved a new law that adds significant money into improving vaccinations and other COVID-19 outreach, but I wonder what other provisions are in the new law that might help seniors. A. Good question. The AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 (“ARPA”), R. 1319, was narrowly passed… Read More »

Medi-Cal Myths Uncovered

Q.  In talking with friends, I discovered a lot of misunderstanding about how the Medi-Cal program works if one needs help with the high cost of nursing home care. I wonder if you would clarify matters. A. Sure. I have also discovered much misunderstanding, even among care professionals. Here are the most common “myths” regarding the… Read More »

Under the CARES Act, You May Be Eligible To Withdraw Up to $100k From Your IRA Without Penalty and “Maybe” Without Tax

Q. I hear that under the CARES Act, my wife and I may each be able to withdraw up to $100K from our IRA’s without penalty and without tax. Is that true? A. Well, not quite. Here’s the deal: Under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Congress did recently… Read More »

Big Budget Win for Seniors And Low Income Older Adults

Q.  I heard that the proposed CA Budget cuts to the Medi-Cal program are now off the table. Is that true? A.  Yes!  Some background:  Faced with a proposed $54 Billion Budget Deficit, last month Governor Newsom had proposed drastic cuts to Medi-Cal and other social programs that serve low income seniors and the disabled…. Read More »

New Law Makes Big Changes to IRA’s & Other Retirement Plans

Q. I heard that there is a new law which makes major changes to IRA’s and other retirement plans. Can you comment? A. The new law, signed by President Trump on December 20, 2019, and effective January 1, 2020, is called the “SETTING EVERY COMMUNITY UP for RETIREMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT”, or the “SECURE ACT” for… Read More »

How Can We Save Mom’s Home While She’s In A Nursing Home On Medi-Cal?

Q. Our mother just moved into a nursing home for care and has qualified for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with the cost. However, Medi-Cal wants all of mom’s income to go to the nursing home as her “co-pay”. That leaves nothing to cover her home expenses, including her mortgage, property taxes, insurance and upkeep…. Read More »