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Florida Social Security Disability Attorney David W. Magann Comments on Social Security Disability Income,Medicaid Eligibility

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – In order to be eligible for Medicaid, monthly gross income, from all sources, is required to be $2,205 or less. However, some individuals may be concerned that they will not qualify for Medicaid if they receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits in the maximum monthly amount of $2,687.

Consider the case of Amanda, who worked for 35 years prior to retiring at age 56. Because of early onset Alzheimer’s, she became incompetent at age 61, and was placed in a nursing home. After she retired, she was without any income, and depleted her savings. Her guardian submitted an application for Medicaid to cover the expenses of the long-term care.

Florida social security disability attorney David W. Magann says, “Some states, including Florida, have spend-down programs that allow individuals to spend down their assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.”

Because Amanda’s SSDI benefits are $2,687 per month, she will have to set up a Qualified Income Trust, also referred to as a Miller Trust, in order to receive Medicaid. Her entire disability check will be placed into the Miller Trust. Those funds can be applied toward the payment of Medicare premiums and medical bills that Medicare does not cover. Amanda will be able to have a small amount to pay the cost of incidentals, and the remainder will pay for the cost of nursing home care. In this way, she will be eligible for Medicaid, which will pay for the balance of the cost of the long-term care.

Usually, the process of obtaining SSDI benefits can take several months to a year, or longer. An applicant who succeeds in obtaining such benefits will be entitled to receive them up to one year before they submit an application. After the onset of disability, there is a period of five months during which the applicant is not entitled to receive benefits.

For example, if Amanda proves that her disability began two years before submission of her application for SSDI benefits, the maximum amount to which she would be entitled is $32,244, or ($2,687×12), although she was disabled for 24 months before she applied for benefits. If Amanda shows that she became disabled nine months before she applied for benefits, she will qualify for SSDI back payments prior to her application in the amount of $10,748, or (4×$2,687).

In either situation, the entire amount of her past due benefits will also depend on the number of months she waits to receive a favorable decision. Amanda’s past due benefits will be in excess of $2,205, the maximum monthly amount of income a person can have in order to qualify for Medicaid. Thus, her guardian can set up a special needs trust (SNT) into which Amanda can deposit all of her SSDI benefits that exceed $2,205. In so doing, she will be eligible for Medicaid.

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Brandon, FL 33511
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Study Finds AI Can Detect Alzheimer’s a Decade Before Symptoms Appear

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – Scientists have developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can be trained to identify the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease nearly 10 years before symptoms begin to emerge.

A research team from the University of Bari in Italy developed an algorithm that can detect structural changes linked to the disease in different areas of the brain. They trained an AI using 67 MRI scans from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative database at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Of those, 38 were from Alzheimer’s patients while 29 belonged to healthy individuals.

“Machine learning has shown promise for Alzheimer’s diagnosis,” commented nationally known estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates. “Early detection is crucial when it comes to the disease. With an earlier diagnosis, people can seek treatment sooner, while having more time to prepare for the future by getting their legal and financial affairs in order.”

The researchers trained the AI to analyze images and correctly identify the difference between diseased brains and healthy ones. They then tested the algorithm’s accuracy by having it process 148 brain scans that included healthy people, patients with Alzheimer’s and individuals with mild cognitive impairment that was known to eventually develop into full-fledged Alzheimer’s.

The AI was able to diagnose Alzheimer’s with an 86 percent accuracy rating. It could also correctly detect mild cognitive impairment 84 percent of the time. According to the researchers, the results showed that the algorithm has the potential to be an effective tool for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis before the disease’s clinical symptoms appear.

The team said they plan to continue developing the AI’s accuracy so that it is reliable enough to be used as a noninvasive early detection system for patients. Currently, the most effective way to diagnose Alzheimer’s early is through a costly, invasive procedure that is not accessible to everyone. There are also plans to study the algorithm’s uses for other neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease.

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Investor Alert: Lerman Law Firm Announces Investigation of Hawk Systems, Inc. and Subsidiary and Affiliate Companies  

Investor Alert: Lerman Law Firm Announces Investigation of Hawk Systems, Inc. and Subsidiary and Affiliate Companies   – Healthcare Industry Today – EIN News

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Vodafone Group plc and Certain Officers – VOD

Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Vodafone Group plc and Certain Officers – VOD – Healthcare Industry Today – EIN News

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Wells Fargo & Company and Certain Officers – WFC

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AML/CFT data collection planning recommended

Lawyers who are reporting entities under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 need to start considering how they will collect information for  their required annual reports, the New Zealand Law Society says.

The AML/CFT regime comes into force for lawyers on 1 July 2018.

One of the compliance obligations is the requirement to file an annual report with the Department of Internal Affairs (the supervisor of the legal profession).

The first report must be filed by 31 August 2019. The report requires data which many lawyers may not routinely collect about clients and their practices. The information will need to be collected from 1 July 2018.

The Law Society says lawyers who are reporting entities (those who undertake captured activities) will be required to provide estimates of the number of specified legal arrangements such as companies and trusts they have formed, the total value of transactions (which excludes a lawyer’s fees) and how many customers they have conducted customer due diligence on during the previous year.

One useful start could be for lawyers and law firms to talk to their legal software provider or colleagues about ways to capture the required data.

The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorism (Requirements and Compliance) Amendment Regulations 2017 contain the annual reporting requirements.

Executive Order Aims to Enhance Mental Health Support for Recent Veterans

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2018 – A new executive order seeks to reduce veteran suicides by expanding mental health care for service members transitioning out of the military.

President Trump signed the order focusing on a group that is considered to be particularly at high risk of suicide. It comprises 60 percent of recent veterans who do not quality for care until the government ascertains they are suffering from a medical issue that is related to their military service.

The order will provide them with mental health care for at least a year upon leaving the military. It is scheduled to take effect March 9.

“The order is a key step in ensuring vulnerable groups of veterans have the support and care necessary for a smooth transition to civilian life after their service,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “However, it is important to remember that while veterans may face the most mental health challenges in their first year, quality care should also be available beyond that initial period.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have 60 days to formulate a joint plan that provides transitioning veterans with “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources” during the year after their service. The plan must then be implemented within 120 days.

The extended mental health coverage is expected to cost around $200 million per year. Officials say that the funds will come from the government agencies’ existing budgets.

The VA estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide each day. The rate is significantly higher than that of the civilian population.

VA Secretary David Shulkin said around 265,000 service members transition out of the military each year. However, just 40 percent of service members currently have mental health coverage. According to the Naval Postgraduate School, veterans are more likely to take their own lives in their first three to 12 months of returning home from the military in comparison to active troops.

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METLIFE NOTICE: Rosen Law Firm Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against MetLife, Inc. – MET

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Quantum Corporation and Certain Officers – QTM

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YELP LOSS NOTICE: Rosen Law Firm Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against Yelp, Inc. – YELP

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