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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

My posts the past two weeks have been about Mary’s problem caring for her stepmom, June after her dad died. Last week I told you that we needed to file a guardianship action. 2 doctors needed to examine June and sign affidavits stating that in their medical opinion she was

In last week’s post I started telling you about Mary’s call concerning her stepmom, June. Mary’s dad had recently died leaving her with the responsibility of caring for June. He also left June with ¼ of his estate per his will which she knew would not last very long, approximately