Joseph Matthews


Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971, and from 1975 to 1977 he taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. He has for many years been involved in matters relating to seniors, and is the author of Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions and Long Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It, as well as How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim.

Articles By Joseph Matthews

Medicare Savings Programs Help Pay Medicare Costs for Qualified Low-Income Individuals
The QMB, SLMB, and QI programs help pay Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Learn how to qualify.
Long-Term Care Insurance: The Risks and Benefits
Is long-term care (LTC) insurance, also known as nursing home insurance, a good investment? Here's how to decide, and what to look for in an LTC insurance policy.
Will I Get Penalized for Working While Collecting Social Security Retirement?
Until you reach full retirement age, working while receiving early retirement benefits may reduce your Social Security retirement benefits.
Extra Help Subsidy for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans
Medicare offers different levels of low-income subsidies, called "Extra Help," to help pay for the cost of prescription drugs above and beyond what a standard Part D plan pays.
Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Stays
A growing number of patients recovering from surgery or a major illness are referred by their doctors to skilled nursing facilities.
Proving Fault in Accidents on Dangerous or Defective Property
Who's responsible for accidents that occur on or around buildings and grounds?
Stair Accidents: Proving Fault
If you've had an accident on stairs, here's how to determine if the property owner is at fault.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws and Recovery for Injuries
Recovering for head and neck injuries may depend on the state helmet law and whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.
Paying for Nursing Care
Despite significant growth in home care and alternative seniors' residences, nearly one of every two women and one of four men over age 65 will enter a long-term care facility (a.k.a. "nursing home") at some time in their lives. Many nursing facility stays are short ones, to allow a senior to recuperate from an illness, injury, or surgery. But more than a third of all nursing facility stays last more than a year, and many last three years or more.
Bike Accidents Caused by Road Hazards
Learn when the government is responsible for bike accidents caused by dangerous road conditions.