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Friday, June 24, 2011

Caregivers can get help for parents who need it (Portland Press Herald, 6-12-2011)

With proper support, adult children stay healthier and elderly parents can remain longer in their situation, experts say.

See article by John Richardson:

http://www.pressherald.com/news/caregivers-can-get-help-for-parents-who-need-it_2011-06-12.html


Thursday, June 9, 2011

IRS household employee tax guide (IRS Publication 926 for 2011)

When working with caregiver agreements, it is important to remember the tax implications.  This link takes you to the IRS guide for wages paid in 2011.

If you pay a household worker $1,700 or more in cash wages during 2011, you must deduct Social Security and Medicare taxes and report the wages once a year. This includes reporting any cash you pay to cover the cost of the employee’s transportation, meals or housing. If you do not report the wages on time, you may have to pay a penalty in addition to the overdue taxes.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p926.pdf


Monday, May 9, 2011

Larry King talks about his special on Alzheimer's epidemic

Larry King talks to HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky about his special "Unthinkable: the Alzheimer's Epidemic."

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/04/29/drew.larry.king.int.hln?iref=allsearch


Friday, April 8, 2011

HIPAA Violation Results in $4.3 Million Fine to Covered Entity

From the Frederick County Times:

Cignet of Prince George’s County Fined $4.3 Million For Violating HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Notice of Final Determination finding that Cignet Health of Prince George’s County, Md., (Cignet) violated the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HHS has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) of $4.3 million for the violations, representing the first CMP issued by the Department for a covered entity’s violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

http://frederickcountytimes.com/cignet-of-prince-georges-county-fined-4-3-million-for-violating-hippa/1306/


Friday, April 1, 2011

The Pitfalls of Caregiver Employment: Paying, Withholding, and Reporting Requirements

A person hiring a caregiver must exercise care in the hiring and paying of the caregiver. This applies to any prospective employer of the caregiver, whether the employer is a family member or a trustee who will pay the caregiver from a special needs trust. Besides the practical considerations such as the caregiver's competency and background, there are many legal pitfalls in caregiver employment.

Full article at Special Needs Alliance, http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/the-voice/5/5.


Monday, February 14, 2011

NFL Will Pay Long Term Care Insurance Premiums for Alumni

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81e16c1a/article/nfl-will-play-longterm-care-insurance-premiums-for-alumni

Of course, the next issue will be how many NFL retirees will actually qualify for LTC insurance.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Social Security and Welfare Benefits Going Paperless

In May, the government will no longer pay someone eligible for benefits with a mailed check. Instead, the money will be electronically deposited directly into a bank account or made accessible by a debit card. And by March 2013, the 10 million people who receive checks, out of 70 million people in all, must switch over to direct deposit or use a card.

For the government, the policy is in line with a trend toward paperless banking that will curb theft and save $120 million a year in costs.

But the first of the month won’t be the same anymore.

The change will have social and cultural impact. Some recipients have resisted it because they cannot open an account, or simply because they feel more comfortable with a check in hand.

Full story, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/business/29checkless.html?_r=2


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