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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Visit EstatePlanning.com™ for a Wealth of Consumer Information!

My firm's membership in WealthCounsel® and ElderCounsel® was one of the best decisions I made when I started my law practice in 2010. Yes, it was a huge financial investment and even a little scary because I didn't even have a single client lined up, but one I felt was necessary to provide clients with the best planning experience possible.

These companies equip me to serve my clients with the highest standards of practice excellence by providing a collegial nationwide network of estate planning and elder law attorneys from which to draw upon; drafting software programs that create the most comprehensive, thorough, and customized estate plans for my clients; and continuing education to ensure that I stay up to date with changes in the law and the latest trends in estate planning.

Now my clients and /or prospective clients can also enjoy the benefits of my membership by visiting EstatePlanning.com, a website designed with the estate planning client audience in mind. EstatePlanning.com provides my clients with opportunities to learn more about estate planning, to attend free webinars, such as the one coming up on Friday, June 21st entitled, "Life Expectancy and Health Care Planning," download a free "Six-Step Checklist Toward Successful Estate Planning," or learn why most estate planning attorneys think that DIY or online wills and trusts are a huge mistake!

One of my favorite quotes is "Whatever you are, be a good one." WealthCounsel® and ElderCounsel® are just two of the many tools I use in my practice to be sure I am a good estate planning, special needs planning and elder law attorney!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Health Insurance Companies Urged to Cover Personal Location Devices

 

Currently, the purchase of and expenses related to a “Technology-Assisted Tracking Device” are not covered under health benefits plans in Massachusetts. Patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Autism Spectrum Disorder can me prone to becoming lost or wandering from a given location. In addition to the panic and heartache this causes family members and caregivers, it often requires many hours of time from the police, fire department or other civil services. A quality “locator” device is invaluable to everyone, saving time, money and insuring less unsupervised time for the patient.

On January 16, 2013 Mr. Aaron Michlewitz of Boston, and five other people filed a petition to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services (accompanied by a bill, House, No. 956) that would make this service available for coverage by health insurance. Filed as an amendment to Chapter 118E of the General Laws, the Act states:

               “A health benefit plan shall provide full coverage, subject to all applicable co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles and out of pocket limits, for insured individuals who are diagnosed by a licensed physician with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Autism Spectrum Disorder, to obtain a Technology-Assisted Tracking Device if they or their guardian choose.”

The Act also clearly defines necessary capabilities of any wearable device such as being waterproof, work indoors or undercover and be-tamper resistant. We recommend that you read the short Bill and contact members of the Legislature to express support for this Amendment.

To read a copy of the Bill:

http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H956

To contact a member of the Joint Committee on Financial Services: http://www.malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J11

To find your House or Senate representative: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search

To read about Lojack's Safety Net devices: http://www.lojack.com/People-at-Risk






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