Spending down your Life Savings

Recently I prepared a Community Medicaid application with home-care services for a 90 year old widow. Unfortunately she had run out of her life savings and was convinced that either she applies for Medicaid or be moved to a nursing home. The above description relates to many of our elderly population. Most are under the… Read more »

Eligibility The Month Following Transfers

Many potential applicant’s are reluctant to file a Medicaid application because they read or heard that Medicaid will take their money, their income and their homes, due to the 5 year look-back. This idea is totally absurd and ridiculous. First, Medicaid doesn’t take anything! If an applicant is ineligible Medicaid denies their application. Second, Lets… Read more »

Benefits When Utilizing Community Medicaid

Suppose an elderly or disabled person saved approximately $200,000 in their life time requires assistance at home (home care services), approximately twelve (12) hours per day, seven (7) days a week. If they employ a licensed home care agency it could cost them approximately $25 per hour and sometimes more depending on their needs. Lets… Read more »

What is Medicaid?

What Exactly is Medicaid? Many elderly people believe their Medicare and Supplemental Health insurance will provide them with All the care they will ever need. Unfortunately, neither Medicare nor their Supplemental Health insurance cover long-term-care. What is Long Term Care? In Home – the individual requires a home attendant to assist them with their daily… Read more »

It’s Time To Consider Medicaid

Lets consider Medicaid as an option: It’s one thing to be proud, patriotic and all gong ho, but one also needs to be wise and consider the downfall if not utilizing the Medicaid program. Lets explore the following example: Elderly person worked most of his/her life, was able to save a few dollars, invested in… Read more »

5 Year Look-Back

What does the 5 year Look-Back truly mean? When a person applies for Medicaid nursing home medical assistance he/she must surrender five (5) years of bank statements. That does not mean the person applying will be disqualified for five (5) years. It only means they need to surrender bank statements. If within the five (5)… Read more »

Proud vs. Foolish

Lately, I find many elderly people too proud to apply for Medicaid medical assistance. A very proud generation as they should be. After all they brought us out of a very difficult time in our history and carried this proudness to every aspect in their lives. That’s why many elderly feel it’s ok to spenddown… Read more »

Saving the assets of a Medicaid applicant

The tragic sadness when eligible individuals don’t apply for Medicaid. Sadly, many believe or have been instructed to spenddown their loved one’s assets before applying for Medicaid medical assistance. Although it’s an option, you should nevertheless, ask yourself is it the best option? Upon exhausting all of the applicant’s assets, the applicant has no choice… Read more »

Can I Keep My IRA and Still Be Eligible for Medicaid?

Medicaid applicant’s have several choices when it pertains to their IRA’s: 1) Cash them in, but will cause an additional income for that year and probably place the applicant in a higher tax bracket; or 2) Keep the IRA, but Medicaid will count it as resource – keep in mind that Medicaid applicant’s can have… Read more »

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