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New Medicaid and VA Figures for 2020 (Part 1)

The Social Security Administration announced last month the cost of living adjustment for 2020. This adjustment is also applied to many of the government programs besides Social Security, that affect our clients’ lives. So here it is. Following an increase last year of 2.8%, this year the increase is smaller, only 1.6%. In December, Social […]

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Protecting the Home – Part 2

A continuation of last week’s topic concerns protecting the home when applying for Medicaid.  I explained that John’s daughter, Amy should not have to sell her Dad’s home and spend down the proceeds before qualifying for Medicaid if Amy is living in the home and she intends to bring him back home from the nursing […]

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Protecting the Home – Part 1

I received a call last week which again highlights the risk of handling a Medicaid application on your own. As I often say, the application may appear to be easy but you never know when you’ll run into an issue or problem. When that happens it is important to have someone who has knowledge of […]

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A Family Theft – Part 4

In this week’s post I give you the conclusion to Joe’s saga involving his sister Sophie’s Medicaid application.  As I explained in last week’s post, things didn’t go according to our expectation.  When we filed a civil lawsuit seeking to collect the amounts Mary took from Sophie I expected that she would ignore the lawsuit […]

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Right Way and the Wrong Way to Help Out Parents (Part 2)

       In last week’s post I was explaining the wrong way for children to chip in financially to help their parents. The wrong way can cause ineligibility periods for Medicaid and VA benefits. It can also eliminate the ability of the parents to repay the children when they do sell their house.   […]

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Why My Money is Really Our Money – Part 2

       In last week’s article I was discussing the common misunderstanding that spouses often have that the State can’t touch my assets if my spouse needs Medicaid. It’s simply not true and distresses people when I explain it. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to protect some or possibly all of those […]

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Is There Any Government Benefit Program I Am Not Aware Of? (Part 2)

                In last week’s post I related a common question about government benefits – “is there something out there in the way of benefits that we could get that we’re just not aware of”?                 Most recently, a son, whose dad is in a nursing home already receiving Medicaid benefits, asked me this question.  His […]

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Is There Any Government Benefits I am Not Aware of? Part 1

                In this week’s post I want to talk about a common question I get about government benefits.  “Is there any benefit my family member can get that I am not aware of?”  In other words, “am I missing anything”?  I can certainly understand the reason for the […]

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Getting and Then Keeping Medicaid- Part 3

       This week’s post is the last of 3 on the danger of losing Medicaid after having been approved. In both of our cases the Qualified Income Trust was the cause and each time it happened during the annual redetermination process.        As I explained last week the QIT rules are […]

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Getting Medicaid and then Keeping it (Part 2)

            In my post last week, I started to tell you about the dangers of losing Medicaid benefits after qualifying for them.  That’s because you cannot put things on “autopilot”.  One reason is that getting a Medicaid approval only lasts for one year.  The State requires recipients to go through an annual redetermination process.             […]

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