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Last week I wrote about the recent calls we’ve received regarding couples in unhappy marriages where one spouse now needs care.  Even though they may have kept their finances separate for many years, under Medicaid rules the healthy spouse’s assets will be counted as well as the ill spouse’s assets when

Divorce rates in America have steadily risen for years and much has been written about it.  There are, however, many more couples in unhappy marriages who for varied reasons did not go the divorce route.  For some, it may have been about being more comfortable with the life they know vs. the

Last month Congress and President Trump finally agreed to additional stimulus checks to be sent to Americans in need during the current pandemic.  This is the second such round of payments since the COVID crisis hit.  There are some differences, however between this second payment and the first. The most important change is

Last week I wrote about the medical part of Medicaid eligibility.  The preadmission screening (PAS) process requires the state to  certify that the applicant needs nursing home level care.  Nursing home level care means needing assistance with at least 3 of the activities of daily living.  Those activities are transferring (eg. in and out

When talking to clients about achieving Medicaid eligibility, we spend most of our time focused on the financial requirements.  That includes an asset test and an income test and transfers that are potentially subject to a Medicaid penalty.  However, I always tell families that we can’t forget about the medical test. If we

Last week I wrote about how unexplained deposits have the potential to be more damaging to a Medicaid application than unexplained withdrawals.  That’s because deposits must be explained or the application is denied for being incomplete and those same deposits must be explained in any new application unless  the deposit then falls  outside