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Is it Spent Down or Isn’t It?

If I owe someone money but it’s still in my account do I really still own it?  Would the answer be different if that “someone” is the IRS? June called me concerning her dad.  “He’s in a nursing home and has spent down his assets,” she said.  “I applied for Medicaid but hit a snag.  […]

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Disabled Child of Not? Timing is Everything (Part 2)

Last week I was telling you about Rick.  His Dad transferred his home to Rick, who currently is disabled but was not at the time of the transfer.   I explained to Rick that the transfer, contrary to what he believed, is subject to a Medicaid transfer penalty of 51.5 months if Dad applies for Medicaid […]

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Disabled Child or Not? Timing is Everything

The last 2 weeks we were discussing the transfer of a home to a child who has been living with the parent in that home.  But, what about transferring the home to a disabled child?  Isn’t that an exception to the Medicaid transfer rules? The answer is yes, but like all things Medicaid related, it […]

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Can’t I Transfer My Home to My Child Who is Living With Me and Still Get Medicaid? (Part 2)

Last week we were discussing Susan’s mistake of confusing Medicaid’s exempt asset rules vs. the transfer of assets rules.  Mom transferred her home to Susan 4 years ago and now needs Medicaid.  If she applies now there will be a Medicaid penalty, a period of ineligibility.  There are, however, exceptions to this rule. I asked […]

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Can’t I Transfer My Home to My Child Who is Living with Me and Still Qualify for Medicaid? (Part 1)

This is a case of a little bit of information being a dangerous thing.  Mom transferred her home to Susan 4 years ago.  Mother and daughter had been living in the home for years.  “Since I am living in the home isn’t it an exempt asset,” Susan asked.  “Yes, it is,” I told her, “but […]

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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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A Tragic Tale and a Lesson for All

Driving is always a sticky issue with aging parents and family members.  Mom or Dad’s refusal to acknowledge physical and mental limitations can put their lives at risk but if they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle they can put others at risk.  A recent New Jersey wrongful death lawsuit caught my eye.  […]

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Mom is Helping Her Out of Work Son – Problem for Medicaid?

Click on http://www.youtube.com/HauptmanLaw to see my answer. (Sound may need to be adjusted on your computer.)

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Big Changes in the VA Aid and Attendance Program on the Horizon

     Eligible wartime veterans and the widowed spouses of wartime veterans can qualify for a special pension that can go a long way towards helping to pay the skyrocketing cost of long term care.  In many cases we can qualify needy applicants almost immediately even though they have assets greater than the limits imposed by […]

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