November 20, 2015

What do the Recent Social Security Claiming Changes Mean for Me?

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-74; November 2, 2015), made some changes to Social Security’s laws about claiming retirement and spousal benefits. Section 831 of the law (entitled “Closure of Unintended Loopholes”) made several changes to the Social Security Act and closed two complex loopholes that were used primarily by married couples. This fact sheet explains what is changing and how it might affect you. Determining when to start your Social Security […]
August 9, 2017

Important Medicare Case May Affect Patients Put on “Observation Status”

Important Medicare Case May Affect Patients Put on “Observation Status” Original article from Eighty- four year old North Carolina native Nancy Niemi was in the hospital for thirty-nine days earlier this year as doctors tried to stabilize her blood pressure and address other serious complications. During her stay, the hospital categorized her as an outpatient on “observational status.” As a result, she lacked the three day inpatient stay Medicare requires to cover the cost […]
August 21, 2017

Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders

Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders original article from The Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) is designed to help senior citizens stay in their home and not be unnecessarily institutionalized. Who qualifies for this program? Anyone 65 years or older The Department of Social Services has divided CHCPE into several categories based on financial and function eligibility Category 1: Individuals at risk of being hospitalized or placed in a nursing facility if […]
February 3, 2021

Farrell & Grochowski helping the Community During Covid

Like many other people, Covid took our firm by surprise, but that was soon replaced by a desire to find a way to help our community during these unprecedented times. Our firm volunteers at the Wallingford Senior Center, helping our seniors with legal questions. Not wanting this opportunity to end, we have changed this to a virtual event and meet with the participants on the phone and over facetime. Due to the governors executive order, […]