Matching gift programs are extensions of corporate giving designed to provide a means in which businesses can support employee charitable giving. Like free money for nonprofit organizations, these programs increase the impact of your donor’s contributions. Companies of all sizes match gifts, and some donations can be tripled. Matching gift programs are often available for specific types of nonprofit organizations, including:
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) uses a five-star quality rating system to measure Medicare beneficiaries’ experience with their healthcare provider. This rating system evaluates the overall performance of the type of services a provider would offer and shows the rating in an easy-to-follow format available online at Home Health Compare.
If you’re thinking about making a donation to a non-profit organization, you may want to look through your portfolio before writing that check. That donation might be deducted on your federal income tax return as an itemized deduction. Many donors prefer a stock gift to outright cash because of the tax benefits. This is because some of those stocks may have substantial unrealized gains.
When you earn too much to receive Medicaid but too little to afford private health insurance, you're caught between a rock and the emergency room.
It's a dilemma detailed in journalist Mike King's book A Spirit of Charity about the fractured funding of America's public hospitals and clinics, a problem that also results in a lack of home health services for people without insurance.
When facing a serious illness, treatment options can be confusing. Some patients pursue aggressive treatment, while others choose to forego curative treatment and enter hospice care. However, there is another option called palliative care. Palliative care is often confused with hospice care, but it is not just for hospice patients. Many patients find palliative care a life-affirming, supportive option for dealing with their serious illness.