How Can a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust Help Your Clients?

By Jill Roamer, JD, CIPP/US on Feb 1, 2023 9:14:00 AM


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services proffers that by the time your client reaches age 65, there’s an almost 70% chance that the client will need some type of long term care. This care could be in-home help or care at an assisted living or nursing home facility. Planning for the potential of needed care is a big part of elder law.

Medicaid is the only government program that will pay for long term care beyond 100 days for non-Veterans. In order to qualify for Medicaid benefits, your client will need to pass income and asset tests. In addition, state Medicaid programs have a 5-year look-back period (3 years in California). The Medicaid department will scrutinize any transfers that your client has made during the look-back period. If your client has transferred assets for less than fair market value during that time, your client will incur a penalty period and will not be able to receive Medicaid benefits right away.

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Spousal Support Order Deemed Improper

By Jill Roamer, JD, CIPP/US on Jan 20, 2023 12:56:00 PM

Spousal Support Order Deemed Improper

In order to keep a community spouse from being impoverished when their partner enters a nursing home, federal laws allow the community spouse to keep a certain amount of assets and income. The amount of assets the community spouse is allowed to keep is termed the community spouse resource allowance (CSRA). The amount of income the community spouse is allowed to keep is called the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA).

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Pandemic Not an Excuse for Planning Delay

By Jill Roamer, JD, CIPP/US on Nov 30, 2022 9:59:00 AM

Pandemic Not an Excuse for Planning Delay-blog

The Covid-19 Pandemic made everything topsy-turvy. Businesses shut down, supplies were sometimes scarce, and families were distanced. It seemed like the coronavirus could be a legitimate excuse for the failure to get almost anything done in a timely manner. But what if this were the cited reason for causing planning delays in a Medicaid eligibility case? Was this a valid argument? An Ohio appeals court says no but only because of a technicality.

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