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27 05, 2020

Medicaid Protections for the Healthy Spouse

2021-02-01T15:57:39-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Medicaid law provides special protections for the spouses of Medicaid applicants to make sure the spouses have the minimum support needed to continue to live in the community while their husband or wife is receiving long-term care benefits, usually in [...]

4 05, 2020

How Your Stimulus Check Affects Medicaid Eligibility

2020-05-04T10:33:13-04:00May 4th, 2020|

The coronavirus relief bill includes a direct payment to most Americans, but this has Medicaid recipients wondering how the payment will affect them. Because the payment is not income, it should not count against a Medicaid recipient’s eligibility. The Coronavirus [...]

9 03, 2020

Medicare and Medicaid Will Cover Coronavirus Testing

2020-03-15T11:50:07-04:00March 9th, 2020|

With coronavirus dominating news coverage and creating alarm, it is important to know that Medicare and Medicaid will cover tests for the virus. The department of Health and Human Services has designated the test for the new strain of coronavirus [...]

8 03, 2020

Medicaid’s Asset Rules

2020-10-02T10:02:12-04:00March 8th, 2020|

In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets (the figure may be somewhat higher in some states). Note that Medicaid is a state-run program, so the rules [...]

3 12, 2019

Medicaid’s Treatment of the Home

2019-12-03T08:19:23-05:00December 3rd, 2019|

Nursing home residents do not automatically have to sell their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid, but that doesn't mean the house is completely protected. The state will likely put a lien on the house while the resident is [...]

10 10, 2019

How to Use a Trust in Medicaid Planning

2019-10-10T12:29:09-04:00October 10th, 2019|

With careful Medicaid planning, you may be able to preserve some of your estate for your children or other heirs while meeting Medicaid's low asset limit. The problem with transferring assets is that you have given them away. You no longer [...]

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 [...]