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New Medicaid and VA Figures for 2019

       The cost of living adjustment for 2019 for many of the government programs that affect our clients’ lives has been announced so here they are.        For 2019, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%, which is greater than the 2.0% increase […]

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The Hidden Costs of Transferring Your Home (Part 2)

                In my post last week I told you about Joe’s call concerning the sale of his mother’s home.  A few years ago she went to an attorney to prepare a deed transferring the home to Joe and his sister, but keeping a life estate for herself.  A life estate is a legal right to […]

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A Family Theft – Part 2

                In last week’s post I told you about Joe’s problem.  He needed to apply for Medicaid for his sister, Sophie.  His sister, Mary, however, had told him that she took some of Sophie’s money and spent it herself.  He had confirmed at least $100,000 and counting.                 As I explained last week that would […]

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A Family Theft – Part 1

                What happens if a family member takes money from another family member without permission and the second family member needs to apply for Medicaid?  That is exactly the scenario faced by Joe who called me about his two sisters, Mary and Sophie.                 Mary and Sophie had […]

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What Medicaid Covers – Part 2

       In last week’s post I was telling you about a call I received revealing a very common misconception about Medicaid. Julie will lose her alimony payments in 6 months, dropping her income from $5000 per month down to $1000 per month. She is 69 years old and in good health. She does […]

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What Medicaid Covers – Part 1

         The call we received last week raised a common misunderstanding about Medicaid. Julie called regarding getting Medicaid benefits. Julie is 69 and in relatively good health for her age. She is selling her home and will be moving to a rental unit in a senior housing complex.        Julie […]

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Lack of Verification – Worse than a Medicaid Penalty (Part 2)

       In last week’s post, I was talking about how Medicaid eligibility hinges in large part on the State’s scrutiny of 5 years of records under Medicaid’s look back period. Transfers of money out of the applicant’s accounts for less than fair value trigger a Medicaid penalty or waiting period for benefits. Clients […]

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Lack of Verification – Worse than a Medicaid Penalty? Part 1

       Whenever we are preparing to file a Medicaid application on behalf of a client we closely examine the 5 years of records that we will need to provide to the State together with the 16 page application. Those records include every statement for every asset the client owned in the 5 years […]

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The Biggest Misconception about ALFs and Medicaid (Part 3)

       The last two weeks I have been talking about the biggest misconception about assisted living facilities and Medicaid so let’s continue.        I explained to Carol the issue with level of care – that her mom must establish the need for nursing home level care even though she is residing […]

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Irrevocable Trusts and Medicaid (Part 3)

       I promised in last week’s blog post that I would explain another solution to Mary’s Medicaid dilemma.  Her uncle left assets in a trust for Mary but the terms provide that the funds can be used for Mary’s health support and maintenance.  I explained to Mary and her sister, Betty, who is […]

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