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We have many clients who first qualify for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit to help pay for their long term care and then when their remaining assets are spent down, they must apply for Medicaid.  As I have written about previously, Medicaid has a strict income cap ($2349 in 2020).  If

Funeral Expenses and Medicaid (Part 2) This week’s post details the more common option when it comes to setting aside funds for a funeral before spending down towards Medicaid eligibility.  Last week I explained that $1500 can be set aside for burial as long as it is specifically designated and not commingled

Whenever I talk to a family whose loved one is close to spending down the required amount of assets to qualify for Medicaid, the topic of burial expenses comes up.  Most people are aware that Medicaid permits setting aside funds to cover the burial but many are a bit fuzzy on

Even before the current pandemic, getting a Medicaid application approved was increasingly challenging.  Now, with some government staff working remotely and many government offices short staffed because of social distancing requirements, it has not gotten better.  What we are finding in our office is that applications that should clearly be approved are being denied.  In

Many of my articles concern Medicaid and avoiding or trying to minimize a Medicaid penalty.  That penalty, which is a waiting period for benefits is a result of a mathematical calculation.  The amount of any transfers for less than fair value is divided by the Medicaid divisor to get the resulting penalty. The divisor is what

As of this writing we are in the midst of a pandemic the likes of which none of us living today has ever experienced.  Historians tell us that the Spanish Flu epidemic from 1918 to 1919 comes the closest.  Government shutdown of nonessential businesses has caused widespread disruptions and affected people and businesses in

I have written a few times about the problem of keeping Medicaid once you have been approved.  There are a number of rules and regulations that – if violated – could cause the loss of benefits.  A recent case in our office illustrates another way that we haven’t previously experienced. We applied for Medicaid for