What is Medical Assistance (Medicaid) in Minnesota? 

What is Medical Assistance (Medicaid) in Minnesota? 

Medical Assistance (MA) Sometimes laws require agencies to recover costs the MA program pays for members. Program info Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program for people with low income. Most people who have MA get health care through health plans. You can choose a health plan from those serving MA members in your county….

Recover Attorney’s Fees if You Win Minnesota Insurance Coverage Disputes

Recover Attorney’s Fees if You Win Minnesota Insurance Coverage Disputes

If an insurance company improperly denies coverage under its policy, you can sue the insurance company. Minnesota law gives you the right to attorney’s fees if you win. You have insurance to cover you in case of accidents. Imagine you had an accident that involved $20,000, and you had to spend $50,000 in legal fees…

Medical Assistance in Minnesota

Medical Assistance in Minnesota

Medical Assistance Medical Assistance (MA) is a jointly funded, federal-state program that pays for health care services provided to low-income individuals. It is also called Medicaid. This information brief describes eligibility, covered services, and other aspects of the program, including changes made to comply or conform with the federal Affordable Care Act. Contents Administration Eligibility Requirements Benefits…

Beyond Regulation Crowdfunding and MNvest: “Crowdfunding” Options for Minnesota Businesses

Beyond Regulation Crowdfunding and MNvest: “Crowdfunding” Options for Minnesota Businesses

In recent years, crowdfunding has grown in popularity as an option for business owners and entrepreneurs to raise money. Generally speaking, equity crowdfunding describes the process where a business owner utilizes an online intermediary or “portal” to ask for money from investors in exchange for the promise of a financial return on that investment. This…

Who Needs to Register as an Investment Adviser Representative in Minnesota?

Who Needs to Register as an Investment Adviser Representative in Minnesota?

Minnesota law requires both investment advisers (IAs) and investment adviser representatives (IARs) to register with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, unless a registration exemption applies. Some confusion persists in the industry as to who must register as an IAR. This article provides a quick update on Minnesota’s requirements pertaining to IARs and addresses some frequently asked…

Minnesota Domain Names for Sale

Minnesota Domain Names for Sale

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Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly in Minnesota

Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly in Minnesota

This information brief summarizes Medical Assistance eligibility for persons who are elderly (age 65 and over) and describes home care, elderly waiver, nursing facility, and other Medical Assistance services commonly used by persons who are elderly. The information brief also describes the following state programs for the elderly—Long-Term Care Consultation Services, Alternative Care, essential community…

Medical Assistance Heath Care Services for the Elderly in Minnesota

Medical Assistance Heath Care Services for the Elderly in Minnesota

This section provides information on Medical Assistance (MA) covered services and the managed care system under which most elderly MA enrollees receive services. This section also describes home care, personal care assistant services, Elderly Waiver, and nursing facility services in more detail. Medical Assistance Covered Services MA enrollees who are elderly receive coverage for the…

What Consumers Can Learn from Darren McFadden v. Ameriprise Lawsuit

What Consumers Can Learn from Darren McFadden v. Ameriprise Lawsuit

This week various media outlets have reported that Dallas Cowboys running back, Darren McFadden, sued Minnesota-based Ameriprise Financial. McFadden alleges that Ameriprise failed to prevent one of its former representatives from enriching himself by fraudulently obtaining power of attorney to access McFadden’s accounts. Several articles reporting on McFadden’s lawsuit describe Ameriprise and an individual defendant using terms…

Executive Order: “Buy American and Hire American” Focuses on H-1B Foreign Worker Visas

Executive Order: “Buy American and Hire American” Focuses on H-1B Foreign Worker Visas

The presidential executive order, “Buy American and Hire American,” will have an impact on Minnesota businesses. The “Hire American” part of the order focuses on the H-1B visa, which is an integral part of the Minnesota workplace. The H-1B classification, created by statute in 1990, allows U.S. businesses to hire highly skilled foreign-born workers for…

Employer Can Have Info about Whether Misclassified Workers Paid Tax

Employer Can Have Info about Whether Misclassified Workers Paid Tax

The U.S. Tax Court recently ruled that federal law doesn’t prohibit an employer looking to reduce its tax liability on misclassified workers from receiving information on whether the workers paid tax on the income.  Background Businesses often prefer to treat workers as independent contractors to lower their costs and administrative burdens. But the IRS may…

City of Saint Paul Rules for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

City of Saint Paul Rules for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Contents Purpose of the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance and Rules………………………………………….. 1 Definitions……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2 What Employees are covered by the ESST Ordinance?……………………………………………………………….. 4 How employees accrue and bank ESST……………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Use of Earned Sick and Safe Time………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7 Paying Employees When They Use ESST………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 When an Existing PTO Policy Complies with the…

The Ins and Outs of Deducting Legal Expenses

The Ins and Outs of Deducting Legal Expenses

Legal expenses incurred by individuals are typically not currently deductible under the federal income tax rules. Instead, they’re most often treated as either personal outlays (which are nondeductible) or as part of the cost of acquiring an asset, such as real estate. In the latter situation, legal costs usually aren’t deductible right away; instead, they…

Spring Cleaning: When Can You Purge Your Old Financial Records?

Spring Cleaning: When Can You Purge Your Old Financial Records?

Feeling the urge to purge? April 17, 2018, is the deadline for individuals and C corporations to file their federal income tax returns for 2017 (or to file for an extension). Before you clear your filing cabinets of old financial records, however, it’s important to make sure you won’t be caught empty-handed if an IRS…

Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Annual Reports: 2017 Status Update

Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Annual Reports: 2017 Status Update

We are celebrating the second full year of public benefit corporations in Minnesota. Public benefit corporations are for-profit corporations that have elected to add a social “benefit” purpose in addition to a general business purpose. This additional social purpose allows public benefit corporations to elevate pursuing a social good through business to a status at…

Crowdfunding Fraud: The Risk is Real and Growing

Crowdfunding Fraud: The Risk is Real and Growing

Crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people typically via the Internet, is no longer a novelty. Since their beginnings in the early 2000s, crowdfunding portals have exponentially proliferated across the web. The more successful platforms have become household names, like…

Lawyer Non-Engagement Togstad Letter Template: Declining Representation

Lawyer Non-Engagement Togstad Letter Template: Declining Representation

A standard practice for law firms and attorneys in Minnesota is sending a Non-Engagement Letter (i.e. Togstad Letter) to everyone who contacts the firm or lawyer but does not hire the firm or lawyer. While this may sound like an unnecessary burden, it is the best way for a lawyer or law firm to avoid potential…

Tax Court Interprets Exceptions to the PAL Rules for Rental Properties

Tax Court Interprets Exceptions to the PAL Rules for Rental Properties

  Real estate owners who rent their properties often incur tax losses due to depreciation write-offs and other allowable deductions. However, the ability to deduct those losses might be postponed indefinitely by the passive activity loss (PAL) rules. In general, these rules limit deductions for rental property PALs to the amount of income that you…

Recent Developments May Affect Passive Investors with Losses

Recent Developments May Affect Passive Investors with Losses

Do you materially participate in a business or rental activity — or are you just a passive investor who isn’t directly involved in a project’s day-to-day operations? The IRS has prescribed seven tests to help individuals classify income, gains, and losses from activities as passive or nonpassive. The passive activity loss (PAL) rules have been around…

Will Baby Boomers Have Anything Left to Pass Down?

Will Baby Boomers Have Anything Left to Pass Down?

The Baby Boomer generation – the largest generation in American history to date – is heading into retirement, but are they prepared? More importantly for their children and grandchildren – and possibly the economy as a whole – will there be anything left to bequeath when they pass away? It appears some Baby Boomers have…

Employee Misclassifcation: Eight Myths Debunked

Employee Misclassifcation: Eight Myths Debunked

Some employers incorrectly treat workers who are employees under the FLSA as independent contractors. This is called “misclassification.” Common myths about misclassification include Employers may not misclassify an employee for any reason, even if the employee agrees. A worker is not an independent contractor under the FLSA merely because they work offsite or from home…

Employee or Independent Contractor? IRS and DOL Guidelines

Employee or Independent Contractor? IRS and DOL Guidelines

Internal Revenue Service Guidelines An employer must generally withhold federal income taxes, withhold and pay over social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee but not to independent contractors. To determine whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor examine the following: 1) Behavioral control Does…

Regulation Crowdfunding: Observations After Six Months

Regulation Crowdfunding: Observations After Six Months

At the end of February 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a white paper studying crowdfunded offerings from May to November 2016. The report highlighted that during these first six months following the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding, the fundraising method was attracting many issuers that had not extensively raised money before. The…

Relying on Audit Techniques Guides

Relying on Audit Techniques Guides

IRS examiners usually do their homework before meeting with taxpayers and their professional representatives. This includes reviewing any relevant Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) that typically focus on a specific industry or audit-prone business transaction. Though designed to help IRS examiners prepare for audits, ATGs are available to the public. So, small business taxpayers can review…

Attorney for Minnesota Dental Professionals

Attorney for Minnesota Dental Professionals

In recent years, dental professionals have been faced with an increasingly complex economic and legal environment. It can be a struggle just to stay current with dentistry developments; trying to keep pace with the ever-evolving business and regulatory side of the profession, has proven practically impossible. To maximize success, leading dental professionals—including dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and their businesses—are beginning to recognize…

Minnesota Background Check Laws for Employers

Minnesota Background Check Laws for Employers

In 2013, Minnesota law was amended to bar employers from making early inquiries into a job applicant’s criminal history. Limitations to Criminal Background Inquiries Starting in 2014, employers were only allowed to look into a an applicant’s criminal background: After the applicant has been selected for an interview; or If there is no interview, after…