Purple Heart Recipients to Receive Priority VA Claims Processing

Veterans who earned a Purple Heart during their military service will now have their veterans disability claims moved ahead of other requests. Robert Wilkie, the recently-appointed Veterans Affairs Secretary, made the announcement in on February 26. The new policy will go into effect on April 1. The move follows existing department rules which give priority classification to Purple Heart veterans who request medical appointments at VA hospitals. Those veterans are also exempt from all co-payments for their medical care. But the move raised concerns among some advocates who noted that many serious wounds of war like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury aren’t often recognized with

The Importance of Taking Medications Correctly

These days, it’s hard to escape talk of rising healthcare costs, especially when it comes to prescription drugs. But have you ever considered the cost of not properly taking medications? Elder Care Coordinator Bre Simmons offers an interesting perspective. View more educational videos on Kimbrough Law's YouTube channel.

CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019

If you are in the marketing for a nursing home placement for an elderly loved one, you need to know that on March 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updates coming next month to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System to strengthen this tool for consumers to compare quality between nursing homes. According to a CMS news release, the April 2019 updates to Nursing Home Compare are part of a broad range of updates that have been under development for the last several years. The Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System were created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes and identify a

The Truth about Trusts

Not all trusts are the same, nor do all trusts offer the same protections. Attorney Kim Kimbrough explains why revocable and irrevocable trusts should not be considered interchangeable. View more educational videos on Kimbrough Law's YouTube channel.

Tax Season = Tax Scams

As a new tax season begins, keep in mind scammers will be revving up their efforts to steal YOUR money. The scams come in different forms: phishing emails, harassing phone calls, and tax return identity theft. How can you keep your identity and your money safe? Try these tips: File taxes early to avoid scammers. Be cautious about tax-related emails. Don't click on links. Instead, go to the website and log directly into your account for relevant information. Hang up on IRS impersonator phone calls. Report suspicious emails or phone calls to the authorities as soon as possible. Shred bank and tax documents before throwing them away. Update the security software on your computer or digital devi

VA Benefit Changes

If you know an elderly loved one who is hoping to get a little extra money from the VA’s Aid & Attendance program, recent changes to eligibility requirements will make it harder to qualify. Attorney Bayli Fields explains. View more educational videos on Kimbrough Law's YouTube channel.

Elders Taking Care of Elders

You may have expected that at some point in your life you would be caring for your aging parents. But did you imagine doing it during your own retirement years? As people are living older than ever before, many children are finding themselves aging alongside their parents and providing the care that their parents need. If you find yourself in this situation, it most likely has come as a surprise. Rather than spending your time leisurely, your days are filled with appointments, errands and tasks required to keep your parents safe and independent at home. They may even be living with you which makes caring for them a round-the-clock responsibility with very few breaks. You may have the time, b

What to Expect from Kimbrough Law

What happens when you schedule an appointment with Kimbrough Law? Firm Administrator Pam Parks talks about what to expect before, during, and after your initial consultation. View more educational videos on Kimbrough Law's YouTube channel.

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