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Price tag again seen as obstacle to making military retiree benefits tax-exempt
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 1, 2016

Members of the armed forces who served 20 years on active duty or retired medically from those branches are eligible for military retirement pay. By exempting those benefits, Smith believes younger retirees will be drawn to jobs in South Carolina to ...more »

New year, new laws for state
Austin HeraldJanuary 2, 2016

The IRS recently began requiring nonprofit hospitals to tell patients about their financial assistance options before beginning what are known as “extraordinary” bill collections (things like wage garnishment or using a debt collection agency). But ...more »

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Bad Faith Insurance
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Elder Law: Healthcare options for the elderly and disabled
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteJanuary 25, 2016

The lack of financial resources for long-term care services usually causes elder law attorneys to focus on chronic care at home or in a nursing facility. However, there are many other issues to consider when looking at acute (non-long-term) care ...more »

Hipaa Compliance
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New Jersey hospital tax exemption bill could face legal challenges
ModernHealthcare.comJanuary 13, 2016

But a state law likely won't end court battles on the issue in the Garden State or elsewhere, some say. An Illinois appeals court recently ruled unconstitutional that state's law defining what not-for-profit hospitals must do to get tax breaks, leaving ...more »

Elder Care Abuse
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The Four Categories of Elder Abuse: Evaluation Approaches
Psychiatric TimesJanuary 11, 2016

Is the elderly person able to make decisions about fundamental care issues, handle his or her finances, decide to sell a house, marry, divorce? What is his level of understanding of the consequences? This article reviews the different categories of ...more »

Living Wills
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Mos Def charged with breaking South Africa's immigration law
The Killeen Daily HeraldJanuary 20, 2016

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An official says American rapper Mos Def will appear in court for breaking South Africa's immigration laws. Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni said Wednesday the performer was charged with using a false identity, using ...more »

Medicare & Medicaid Issues
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After Medicare Drops Screening Charges, Men Head To Colonoscopy Suites
NPRJanuary 6, 2016

A study, published in the December issue of Health Affairs, compared rates of screening for colorectal cancer among people age 66 to 75 before and after the health law passed in 2010. Starting in 2011, that law waived the Medicare Part B deductible ...more »

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