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In the past year we have probably handled more Medicaid home based applications than in the previous 5 years combined.  Much of this has to do with the current pandemic and the reluctance of families to place their loved ones in facilities where maintaining Covid safety is more difficult than in

Last week I wrote about a question I hear often about Medicaid.  Isn’t there a certain amount of gifting that is allowed under Medicaid regulations?  The answer as I stated last week is that there really isn’t.  Any gift or transfer for less than fair value is subject to a penalty. In practice, however,

In my blog post last week I wrote about 1st party special needs trusts, which are helpful in maintaining Medicaid benefits for someone who may receive an unexpected inheritance or the proceeds of a personal injury settlement.  1st party SNTs, however, can only be funded when the beneficiary is under age

In my February 22 post I wrote about QITs and specifically about a case involving an application being denied because the QIT was improperly funded.  In that case my client established the QIT just before the pandemic and funded the QIT correctly in the first month but not in the several

The past 2 weeks my blog posts have covered QITs.  Last week I told you about a case in which the trustee initially transferred the correct amount to the QIT, the Medicaid recipient’s entire monthly Social Security, however, when that amount increased because of the cost of living adjustment, the trustee

In my post last week I revisited a Medicaid topic that I am frequently asked about - qualified income trusts.  An applicant’s income that exceeds Medicaid’s strict monthly income cap ($2382 in 2021) must deposit some of that income into a QIT before then sending it where it must go according

I last wrote about qualified income trusts (QITs)last September but I want to revisit the topic because of 2 recent applications in our office in which the trustee failed to follow the very specific requirements that the State of New Jersey has imposed. It has often happened that people call our