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February 2009


Updated Guide on Pennsylvania Medicaid Annuities Now Available for Download

February 20, 2009

Pennsylvania elder law attorneys are more comfortable recommending the use of Medicaid annuities thanks to the recent decisions in the James and Weatherbee cases. Federal Medicaid law has long allowed the use of annuities to protect assets; however, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has attempted to place limits on their use. In the last few months, federal courts have stuck down DPW's restrictions.

Jeffrey A. Marshall, CELA* has updated his "Guide to Medicaid Annuities for Pennsylvania Lawyers" to explain the latest developments. The Guide also provides examples of how lawyers can use annuities to qualify their clients for Medicaid and protect them from devastating long term care costs.

Readers of the Medicaid Annuity Report may also be interested in an upcoming teleconference. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is offering a teleconference on the impact of James v. Richman and its progeny on Medicaid planning with annuities. The course entitled, "The Secondary Market on Annuities: An Analysis of James v. Richman," will be presented on March 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM. PCM President, Matthew J. Parker, CELA* who was the lead attorney in James will discuss that case and Weatherbee during the call. He will co-present with Shirley B. Whitenack, a partner in the New Jersey law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP.

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For years, PCM has been helping attorneys obtain the annuity products their clients need. PCM limits its services to Pennsylvania attorneys and their clients. PCM has been the lawyer’s trusted source for Pennsylvania compliant annuities throughout the Hurly era. Now, in the DRA era, it remains the premier source for fast, efficient, competent, trustworthy, Pennsylvania-specific annuity services.

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