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Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

Many seniors and their families don’t use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they’re afraid of the cost. But an attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one. Instead of taking steps based…

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Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act

“President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? Plans available for comparison: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (PDF) – Updated 7.13.17 The American Health Care Act, as passed…

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Medicaid Cuts are Targeted Under the American Health Care Act

The following article by Valerie Peterson, J.D.  CEO of ElderCounsel is the most up-to-date status of President Trump’s repeal and replace efforts for the ACA: On May 4, House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), an updated version of the Act first introduced in March and which was not voted on. If it passes…

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8 Biggest Mistakes in Medicaid Spend Down

Federal law allows Medicaid applicants numerous ways to protect assets. However, few people know about these optons, and advice abounds to simply “spend down all” of the applicants assets in order to qualify for Medicaid Long-Term Care assistance. Following the wrong advice can cost you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, that you could otherwise…

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Medicaid Reform: Are Block Grants Coming?

Medicaid, the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, provides health coverage to almost 75 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered by the states. To participate in Medicaid, federal law requires states to cover certain groups of…

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Always Put a Caregiver Contract in Writing

Many families hire friends or family members to provide caregiving to loved ones in times of need. After months or years of paying a caregiver and then turning to a government benefit like Medicaid for Long-Term Care coverage, these families learn that the caregiver payments are counted as gifts and are penalized for them. When hiring a…

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How are Medicare and Medicaid Different Regarding Long-Term Care?

Although their names are confusingly alike, Medicaid and Medicare are quite different programs. Both programs provide health coverage, but Medicare is an “entitlement” program, meaning that everyone who reaches age 65 and is entitled to receive Social Security benefits also receives Medicare. (Medicare also covers people of any age who are permanently disabled or who have end-stage…

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Dealing with Medicaid Spend Down

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, applicants must have no more than $2,000 (as of 2016) in “countable” assets (the dollar figure may be slightly more, depending on the state). Assets, as distinct from income, for Medicaid purposes are checking and savings accounts, CDs, Stocks, Bonds, personal property, vehicles, real estate, business, etc. Medicaid does exclude…