13 01, 2020

Feds Release 2020 Guidelines Used to Protect the Spouses of Medicaid Applicants

2020-01-13T12:01:28-05:00January 13th, 2020|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2020 federal guidelines for how much money the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep, as well as related Medicaid figures. In 2020, the spouse of a Medicaid recipient [...]

14 11, 2019

Medicaid’s Power to Recoup Benefits Paid: Estate Recovery and Liens

2019-11-14T13:21:17-05:00November 14th, 2019|

Federal law requires the state to attempt to recover the long-term care benefits from a Medicaid recipient's estate after the recipient's death. If steps aren't taken to protect the Medicaid recipient's house, it may need to be sold to settle the claim. [...]

15 08, 2019

Medicaid’s Gift to Children Who Help Parents Postpone Nursing Home Care

2019-08-15T13:46:56-04:00August 15th, 2019|

In most states, transferring your house to your children (or someone else) may lead to a Medicaid penalty period, which would make you ineligible for Medicaid for a period of time. However, there are circumstances in which transferring a house will not [...]

7 08, 2019

New Rule Once Again Allows Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

2019-08-07T12:49:26-04:00August 7th, 2019|

The Trump administration is officially rolling back a ban on the use of arbitration agreements by nursing homes that was initiated under President Obama. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule that once again allows nursing [...]

16 07, 2019

Medicare Launches App to Help Beneficiaries Find Out What’s Covered

2019-07-16T12:10:58-04:00July 16th, 2019|

At the doctor's office and want to know if a procedure is covered by Medicare? There is an app for that. Medicare has launched a free app that gives beneficiaries a quick way to see whether the program covers a [...]

11 06, 2019

Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

2019-06-08T09:04:23-04:00June 11th, 2019|

After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient's care. This is called "estate recovery." For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, [...]

4 06, 2019

Medicare Beneficiaries Need to Know the Difference Between a Wellness Visit and a Physical

2019-05-18T18:31:52-04:00June 4th, 2019|

Medicare covers preventative care services, including an annual wellness visit. But confusing a wellness visit with a physical could be very costly. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare beneficiaries receive a free annual wellness visit. At this visit, [...]