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Comprehensive Planning Tools

  • 2016 updates concerning Medicare, Medicaid, and VA aid and attendance

  • Current statistics about long-term care costs

  • Key Medicaid regulations and statistics for both Illinois and Missouri

  • Checklist of items to gather in order to apply for your Veterans benefit

  • Checklist of items you need to assemble for your Medicaid application

Important 2016 Medicare, Medicaid, and VA updates

The specific amounts for the benefits you can anticipate change nearly every year. In the case of Medicaid, they also vary slightly between Illinois and Missouri. If you've reached the stage of life where you're living on a fixed income, these sums can be of tremendous assistance.


Download up-to-date information on Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits.

Long-term care costs and statistics

For the past several years, long-term care costs have been increasing at a rate of over 10% per year. It's great that we're all living longer, but this reality adds greatly to the expenses you can expect to incur. It costs a lot of money to live longer. It costs even more to stay healthy.


Download our current fact sheet for how much you may spend for long-term care.

What you need to know about Medicaid

Getting the most from a government-funded benefit isn't always straightforward. Medicaid planning is certainly not a do-it-yourself proposition. Careful planning can save you tens of thousands of dollars — even if a loved one is already in a nursing home. Call us to ask how.


Know the numbers that matter. Download our Medicaid fact sheet.

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What you need to apply for your veterans benefit

The VA may reject your application for benefits if one required document isn't attached to your application. Southern Illinois Elder Law will help you make sure that your application is complete before submission, but it's never too early to start gathering what you'll need.


Before you apply, be sure you have what you need. Download our VA application checklist.

Medicaid application checklist

As with any application to a government-run agency, you must gather a substantial amount of documentation for the Medicaid authorities to act upon your petition. Although the list is extensive, most of the items included should be relatively easy to put your hands on.


Download your copy of our Medicaid application checklist.