Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2 Percent Increase in 2018

In 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums.

Cost of living increases are tied to the consumer price index, and an upturn in inflation rates and gas prices means recipients get a small boost in 2018, amounting to $27 a month for the typical retiree. The 2 percent increase is higher than last year’s .3 percent rise and the lack of any increase at all in 2016. The cost of living change also affects the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax, which will grow from $127,200 to $128,700.

The increase in benefits will likely be consumed by higher Medicare premiums, however. Most elderly and disabled people have their Medicare Part B premiums deducted from their monthly Social Security checks. For these individuals, if Social Security benefits don't rise, Medicare premiums can't either. This “hold harmless” provision does not apply to about 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries: those enrolled in Medicare but who are not yet receiving Social Security, new Medicare beneficiaries, seniors earning more than $85,000 a year, and “dual eligibles” who get both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. In the past few years, Medicare beneficiaries not subject to the hold harmless provision have been paying higher Medicare premiums while Medicare premiums for those in the hold harmless group remained more or less the same. Now that seniors will be getting an increase in Social Security payments, Medicare will likely hike premiums for the seniors in the hold harmless group. And that increase may eat up the entire raise, at least for some beneficiaries.

For 2018, the monthly federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment standard will be $750 for an individual and $1,125 for a couple.

For more on the 2018 Social Security benefit levels, click here.

Estate Planning Seminars

The most popular seminar that I present to community groups is “Protecting Your Estate From Nursing Home Costs.” However, I present other estate planning topics that are just as good if not better. Estate Planning & Elder Law: An Overview is a great presentation that covers all areas of estate planning. It is probably the best seminar in the sense that it covers a little bit of everything. My Trust seminar is also popular. People are always talking about trusts but I find that they really do not understand much about trusts. This seminar clears up a lot of misconceptions especially with the common Revocable Living Trust that is used to avoid probate. Estate Planning for Funerals & Burial is a new seminar that I have done for a few years. I cover not only the estate planning aspects but offer some practical ways to do a low cost funeral service and burial (or cremation). The Asset Protection & Offshore Trusts and Advanced Estate Tax Planning for Estates over Five Million Dollars seminars are for a more limited audience but are very interesting.

I have been doing these seminars for over 30 years and am always willing to present to any community groups or professionals for continuing education. Please contact my office if you want to schedule a seminar.

CE SEMINARS FALL 2016

We are pleased to announce three new continuing education courses for Fall 2016. The seminars have been approved for CE credit by Ohio Department of Insurance. There is no exam required to obtain CE credit. Michael Millonig LLC is registered with the Accountancy Board of Ohio as a Continuing Education Sponsor. The Asset Protection Planning for Nursing Home Costs and The Ohio Trust Code (“The Complete Trust Course”) are each approved for 3 CE Credits.

Asset Protection Planning for Nursing Home Costs — Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Ohio Trust Code (Also approved as ‘The Complete Trust Course”) — Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Ohio Long-Term Care Partnership Training (Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM)

REFUND POLICY: Cancellations received by 5:00 PM two business days prior to the seminar will be refunded less a $15 office fee. Those not attending will receive the course materials in full consideration of tuition paid.

TUITION: Tuition is $60 per seminar if pre-registered and paid two business days prior to the day of the seminar. Registration on the day before or the day of the seminar is $70.00. There is a discount if you pre-register for two courses.

Reservations must be made in advance with payment. Please download and complete this application  and remit payment to Michael Millonig LLC, Attn: CE Seminars, 7929 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45459-4026. Reserved seating is limited. Seminars to be held at the Yankee Trace Golf Club, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville OH 45458 (937) 438-4653 (get directions). Seminar materials will be provided. Call 438-3977 if you have any questions.

Asset Protection Planning for Nursing Home Costs

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The Ohio Medicaid program has just had a major change; the most dramatic since its inception in 1972. Ohio has terminated its 209(b) status and converted to an SSI/1634 State. This means that all the eligibility rules are now different along with the Medicaid application process. These changes went into effect on August 1, 2016.

  • Review of all new changes resulting from Ohio’s conversion to an SSI/1634 State
  • Review all new resource eligibility rules
  • NEW Miller Trusts (aka Qualified Income Trusts)
  • Possible loss of eligibility for current Medicaid recipients
  • Miller Trusts for AL Waiver residents
  • New rule for Residence exemption
  • NEW Medicaid treatment of pension plans & IRA’s
  • Medicaid Transfer rule; more changes!
  • Resource exemptions for the community spouse (spouse at home)
  • Restrictions on Medicaid annuities but new opportunities!
  • Annuities used for planning & related malpractice of agents
  • Medicaid Transfer rule; not just 5 years but an ineligibility period beginning after spend down!
  • Office procedures to avoid malpractice
  • Long Term Care Insurance for nursing home costs
  • Additional Medicaid exemptions for persons with Partnership Plan Policies
  • Assisted Living rules for Medicaid
  • Planning options to protect the estate and qualify for Medicaid
  • Why your clients should not be giving their assets to their children
  • Special Needs Trusts under Medicaid law

Reservations must be made in advance with payment. Please download and complete this application and remit payment to Michael Millonig LLC, Attn: CE Seminars, 7929 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45459-4026. Reserved seating is limited. Seminars to be held at the Yankee Trace Golf Club, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville OH 45458 (937) 438-4653 (get directions). Seminar materials will be provided. Call 438-3977 if you have any questions.

Ohio Trust Code
(also approved as “The Complete Trust Course”)

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

The State of Ohio enacted a comprehensive trust statute in 2007 that replaces prior Ohio trust law. This presentation will review relevant provisions and how they affect estate planning with trusts.

  • All existing trusts are also affected by this law.
  • New rights for beneficiaries that apply even if contrary to the trust.
  • Comprehensive Review of a Trust Document
  • Explaining Trusts to Clients; Trust Terminology
  • A-B Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Dynasty Trusts, Revocable Living Trusts
  • Gun Trusts and many other different types of trusts will be covered
  • Estate tax planning under the higher exclusion amount ($5,450,000 for 2016)
  • A-B Trusts and the new portability of the estate tax exclusion
  • Asset Protection Trusts to protect clients from lawsuits
  • Ohio Legacy Trust Act: an asset protection trust under Ohio law
  • Foreign Asset Protection Trusts under laws of other countries

Do your clients use Trusts in their estate planning? If so, you need to be have a good understanding of trusts to you can intelligently discuss them with your clients.

Reservations must be made in advance with payment. Please download and complete this application and remit payment to Michael Millonig LLC, Attn: CE Seminars, 7929 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45459-4026. Reserved seating is limited. Seminars to be held at the Yankee Trace Golf Club, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville OH 45458 (937) 438-4653 (get directions). Seminar materials will be provided. Call 438-3977 if you have any questions.

Ohio Long-Term Care Partnership Training

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM

  • Long Term Care Four Hour Partnership Training (Course # 49509) Presented by Attorney Michael J. Millonig and Randy Gallas, Owner of the Long Term Care Insurance Agency in Kettering, Ohio.
  • This Mandatory Ohio 4 Hour Renewal Course is required in order to sell Long Term Care Insurance.
  • Attendance at this course will satisfy your two (2) year mandatory Ohio Partnership Training requirement.

Reservations must be made in advance with payment. Please download and complete this application and remit payment to Michael Millonig LLC, Attn: CE Seminars, 7929 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45459-4026. Reserved seating is limited. Seminars to be held at the Yankee Trace Golf Club, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville OH 45458 (937) 438-4653 (get directions). Seminar materials will be provided. Call 438-3977 if you have any questions.