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Update on Medicaid (DRA) rule changes in Illinois

This update is regarding the development of the changes in the Illinois Medicaid rules so that the state of Illinois may come into compliance with the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). The latest word is that the next Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 AM in Springfield. At that meeting it is possible that members of JCAR may accept, object in whole or in part or prohibit the adoption of the new rulemaking. There are other variations on these choices as well. It is unknown what action JCAR will take at this meeting so we will have to wait and see what happens on Tuesday. Once the meeting is over we will provide you with an update. These revisions to the Medicaid rules as it applies to long-term care and estate and healthcare planning for our seniors and our disabled population will have sweeping impact. The rules will be very complex, but we will strive to make them understandable for our clients and readers. The elder law attorneys in our Rosemont-Ohare Area office, are advising our clients in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan areas as to the best way to deal with the forthcoming massive rule changes. We have the peace of mind of our clients in our mind at all times. We know that the greatest threat to the financial security of most middle class Americans is the devastating financial cost of long term care. Our clients know that we as elder law attorneys will be prepared to provide them with safe advice, guidance and the implementation of many estate, disability and long term care planning tools and methods. The attorneys and paralegals of The Law Offices of Anthony B. Ferraro, LLC, are educated, trained and dedicated about the use of the best legal and Illinois Medicaid regulation-compliant options and legal strategies available for the safe and reliable Medicaid eligibility of our medically needy senior, aging and ill clients. Aging seniors rely on the fact that we continually refine and improve our legal relief measures and solutions. We have long term vision for the legal protection of their hard earned assets and income and that we improve and sometimes even solve the “cost of care dilemmas” that our needy clients face in their senior years, and also those of their ill spouses or disabled loved ones who need to become eligible for healthcare assistance and long term care assistance. Anthony B. Ferraro Attorney-CPA