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New Numbers for Medicaid in 2017

For those who are receiving SSI or nursing home Medicaid, there are new numbers to know for 2017.  SSI is Supplemental Security Income which is a stipend paid to those individuals who are low-income and are either 65 or older, blind or disabled.  The maximum benefit increased in 2017 from $733 per month to $735 per month. If you are an individual who receives
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If My Spouse goes into a Nursing Home, will I lose Everything?

I often hear people say that a friend (or neighbor, or church member, etc.) told them the nursing home will take their house, or they will have to assign all their assets to the nursing home if their spouse has to go into one.  With social media being what it is, I often see people post questions on community Facebook pages about their loved
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Florida Medicaid Managed Care

Do you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility who is receiving Medicaid?  If so, you may be familiar with the Medicaid Managed Care plans that seniors are required to sign up with once they are approved for Medicaid.  The system is confusing and some seniors may be signing forms that allow the managed care plan to receive notices,
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What Government Benefits Are Available To Help Pay For Senior Housing?

As an elder law attorney, I help people understand what government benefits are available to help pay for senior housing.  Many times, people are confused about whether they can qualify for any help to pay for their living expenses.  As part of the series for Older American’s Month, this article focuses on the benefits that are available to seniors, depending on the type of
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7 Worst Medicaid Planning Mistakes

7 Worst Medicaid Planning Mistakes It never fails – someone comes into my office concerned about their spouse or their parent who needs to qualify for Medicaid (to help pay for nursing home care), and they want confirmation that the action they took that was recommended to them by their neighbor, friend, financial planner….was the right thing to do, only to have me tell
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Beware the ALF Contract

Do you have a loved one who is looking into entering an assisted living facility?  You should beware the ALF contract that obligates your loved one’s agent to be personally liable for the assisted living fees.  Federal laws were enacted which prohibits nursing homes that accept Medicare and Medicaid from requiring someone, such as a family member, to guarantee payment as a condition of
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Medicaid in Florida: Can you qualify for Medicaid if your income is too high?

Medicaid in Florida In order to qualify for nursing home care Medicaid in Florida, an applicant’s assets must be below $2,000 and their income cannot exceed $2,163 (in 2014). If the applicant’s income is too high, the applicant will not qualify for Medicaid without doing a Qualified Income Trust (also referred to as a “Miller Trust”). By placing the excess income over $2,163 per
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VA Look-back information

One of the major differences between Medicaid and VA benefits (pension benefits known as “Aid and Attendance” that help pay for long term care), is that the VA does not have a look-back period for transfers of assets.  When applying for benefits which will help pay for nursing home care through Medicaid, there is a look-back period of five (5) years, meaning that, if
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Is “Elder Law” the New Black for attorneys?

As the economy is starting to bounce back, the foreclosure and short sale market is drying up. The law of “supply and demand” is causing many attorneys who practice in those areas of law to decide to practice “elder law.”  This concerns me greatly as the laws and regulations affecting seniors are very complex (and seem to be more confusing every day). The actions
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Medicaid: Transitioning from skilled nursing to assisted living

Medicaid: Transitioning from skilled nursing to assisted living If you have a loved one who is being cared for in a skilled nursing facility and is receiving Medicaid benefits, and that person no longer needs to be in skilled nursing (but cannot live on their own or is unable to come home), they may be able to transfer to an assisted living facility and
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