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Tougher Reverse Mortgage Rules to Take Effect

Beginning March 2, 2015, borrowers will have to pass a financial assessment before they can take out a reverse mortgage. The new rules are meant to prevent loan defaults, but they will make it much more difficult to get a reverse mortgage.  A revers… Read More
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7 Things to Review During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Medicare beneficiaries will get an opportunity to make changes to their Medicare Part D coverage between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, 2014. Many retirees will experience premium increases, changes in covered drugs and new cost-sharing requirements if they don… Read More
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How Parents Can Provide for a Caregiver Child

Taking care of a parent can be a full-time job. Children may have to give up paying jobs in order to provide care to aging parents. Unfortunately, caregiving is usually unpaid work. Parents who want to compensate a child who takes on the burden of ca… Read More
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Property Tax Exemption Extended To Nursing Home Residents

Generally, the Michigan principal residence exemption provides that a taxpayer’s principal residence is not subject to the “tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes.” MCL 211.7cc. This amounts to a partial exemption… Read More
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Medicare Skilled Care Coverage Standard To Change

In a major change in Medicare policy, the Obama administration has provisionally agreed to end Medicare’s longstanding practice of requiring that beneficiaries with chronic conditions and disabilities show a likelihood of improvement in order to re… Read More
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Boomers Hunt for Smaller Houses

When it comes to housing, baby boomers differ from other home hunters in that they have more equity in their homes and many are preparing to move.  If housing experts are right, boomers—the 77 million Americans ages 48 to 66—soon may be a sweet… Read More
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Deadlines for Medicare Coverage Choices

Open enrollment started on October 15, 2012 for 2013 enrollment. You have until December 7 to pick a Medicare Advantage plan (a private plan that provides medical and prescription-drug coverage) or a Medicare Part D prescription-drug plan for the com… Read More
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Reverse Mortgages Are Causing Some to Lose Their Homes

A reverse mortgage can be a great tool in the right circumstances, but if you aren’t careful you could end up losing your home. A recent front-page article in the New York Times lays out some of the problems homeowners are encountering with these m… Read More
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Social Security Benefits to Edge Up Only 1.7 Percent

The nation’s elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2013. This is expected to raise the average monthly payment for the typical retired worker by $21. The increase is less than half of l… Read More
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Claiming a Parent As a Dependent

If you are caring for your mother or father, you may be able to claim your parent as a dependent on your income taxes. This would allow you to get an exemption ($3700 in 2011) for him or her.  If you cannot claim your parent as a dependent but you h… Read More
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