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Medicaid and Same Sex Couples

Since I wrote about the issue of same sex partnerships and Medicaid 4 years ago in this blog (February 1, 2010), much has happened in the area of same sex marriage.  Last fall, the United States Supreme Court struck down a 1996 federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as a […]

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New Medicaid and VA Figures for 2014

Many of the programs that, as elder law attorneys, we deal with daily, such as VA Aid and Attendance and Medicaid, are adjusted annually to account for changes in the cost of living ie. inflation. The Social Security Administration announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.5% in benefits starting in January.  Many of […]

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How Does New Jersey Medicaid Treat a Married Couple’s Assets?

Medicaid combines both spouses’ assets together in determining eligibility.  The healthy or community spouse is allowed to keep a portion of the countable assets after the couple spends down for Medicaid eligibility. This division of assets is known as the Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) and the maximum amount in 2012 is $113,640. The minimum […]

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What is the CSRA and How is it Calculated? (Part 2)

Last week we were discussing the Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) and how to calculate it.  I also explained that a mistake in determining that number can be quite costly.  Here’s how.  Using my example from last week, let’s say husband, Joe is in the nursing home and wife, Mary has calculated the CSRA amount […]

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What is the CSRA and How is it Calculated? (Part 1)

CSRA stands for community spouse resource allowance, that amount of money that a healthy spouse can keep and still qualify the ill spouse for Medicaid.  Sounds simple but if misunderstood and misapplied, it can cost the healthy spouse tens of thousands of dollars in lost assets and additional nursing home bills.  Allow me to explain. […]

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