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ORIGINAL MEDICARE, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: CHOOSING BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE—PART 2

Continuation of last blog’s discussion of this complex and significant choice. c. Original Medicare and Medigap give you the flexibility to go to virtually any provider anywhere in the country. Medicare Advantage HMOs generally limit enrollees to networks, which don’t include all providers, require referrals to specialists, and will not provide coverage out of network…

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Service by Facebook

Service of process is an essential part of our justice system.  If one is the subject of a complaint or petition, in order for them to confront that allegation in court, service of process is required as an essential part of due process.  While service of process is required for all kinds of litigation, it…

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HIPAA & Health Care Proxies

A recent article published in The New York Times highlights the confusion around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA.  The article is titled HIPAA’s use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law, and can be found here. The article notes that hospitals, doctors, and nurses often misinterpret the privacy…

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Changes to your Medicare Card to Protect Your Identity

The 2016 Federal Budget Includes funding to help protect Americans from identity theft. A new law is on the way which does not permit a Social Security Number to be printed on a Medicare card.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/us/new-law-to-strip-social-security-numbers-from-medicare-cards.html?_r=1). Currently, most Medicare cards have a person’s Social Security Number (“SSN”) printed on the front.  We are all told to…

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Did You Know? – 15 Minute Free Consultations Are Available

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. (LSED) in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association – Elder Law Section, will offer free 15 minute consultations to seniors at the Clarence Senior Center on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm  Pre-registration is required. You may pre-register…

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LSED Staff Share Their Knowledge and Expertise with Community Groups

Did you know that in additional to serving clients in seven counties, the LSED staff can share their knowledge and expertise with your staff or community group? Whether you would like a general overview of our services or would like us to focus on a specific area of law, we can develop a custom presentation…

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia: At the Movies and in Real Life

A number of upcoming and current films focus Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, and show how these conditions affect a person’s life and their family.  In the drama Still Alice, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howard, a professor living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film shows how this diagnosis changes her relationships with her friends,…

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Caregiver Supports

At Legal Services for the Elderly, we often work with caregivers who assist clients by providing physical, medical, and emotional support.  We applaud the selfless work of these caregivers; taking care of an aging spouse, parent, friend, or relative can be very rewarding but is also incredibly stressful.  It is important to reach out if…

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Scam Alert: Telephone Calls from the “IRS”

We have received reports from several seniors in the Western New York area who have received calls from an individual fraudulently claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representative. The caller will typically say that money is owed for a tax obligation and/or that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the person. They…

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