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Casey Kasem on MDA Telethon (no long term care thoughts here)

If your radar tingles whenever there is a story about long term care, especially if a celebrity is involved, then you must be as abuzz about the Casey Kasem story as we have been.

Although there are probably many sites covering this story, the two we honed in on are Huffington Post and Reuters earlier this week.

However, for those of you whose radar has not been tingling, here is a brief summary of the issues:

  • Casey’s health has been deteriorating for several years;
  • His wife, who is his daughters’ stepmother, appears to have
    had Power of Attorney over Healthcare;
  • His daughters have been concerned about their dad because
    they have not been allowed to see him for over a year;
  • His daughters have each petitioned the court for Conservatorship; and
  • One of his daughters now has Conservatorship, but Casey
    cannot be located.

So, while all of this is very interesting, how does this effect you and
your loved ones?

For one thing, there is currently no law that says children have the right
to visit their parents. One of our colleagues claims to know of an attorney
that is working on creating such a law, but none is currently on the books
and it could be quite a while before anything in the works today actually
becomes either state law or federal law.

Secondly, most of us do not have the financial resources that the Kasem family
has to move him around the country and even, reportedly, internationally. Most
families rely on long term care insurance, typically in conjunction with Medicare
and Medicare Advantage plans.

If you or someone you love is concerned about long term care and how it
integrates with Medicare Advantage, please leave a question or a comment
below this post, on our facebook page, or by completing the confidential form
below and one of our experts will be in touch with you right away!

By the way, you may be wondering about the title of this blog given that we
know that Casey’s daughter has be granted Conservatorship of her dad. We wrote
“undecided fate” because we still don’t know where he is or how he is doing.

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