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Elimination of Medicaid Retroactive Eligibility

Effective February 1, 2019, persons seeking Medicaid benefits to cover the cost of long-term care in a skilled nursing facility can no longer qualify for up to three months of retroactive benefits.  Prior to the change, an application could be filed in one month, and for each previous month the patient met all the Medicaid […]

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Can I Keep My Pension if I Go On Medicaid?

  Medicaid helps cover the costs of long-term care, nursing home costs and other medical expenses. However, Medicaid only provides coverage to people with limited income and limited countable assets.  If you receive a pension, the amount may be too high for you to qualify for Medicaid to help get the cost of nursing home […]

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What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Qualifies for Medicaid?

If your spouse requires long-term care in a skilled nursing facility, the costs can be significant. Nursing homes can cost nearly $100,000 per year and many retirees could quickly exhaust their entire life savings paying for the costs of nursing care.  This is a big problem when one spouse needs to go into a nursing home […]

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Do VA Benefits Pay for a Nursing Home?

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides benefits to eligible former military members. Eligible veterans can apply for VA health care services and receive subsidized or free care depending upon their years of service, whether they have a service-connected disability, and their income. If you qualify for veterans benefits and you need long-term care, it is […]

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Important Medicaid Numbers

The following relevant Medicaid numbers apply as of July 2014: Divestment Penalty Divisor – $7,638.00 Income Cap – $2,163.00 Individual Resource Allowance – $2,000.00 Monthly Personal Needs Allowance – $105.00 Community Spouse Resource Allowance – $117,240.00 Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance – $1,966.00 Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance – $2,931.00 Shelter Standard – $590.00 Standard Utility […]

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Does Medicaid Pay For Long-term Care in the Home?

Medicaid provides important benefits for seniors and other individuals who are unable to care for themselves and who need long-term care. While many seniors benefit from Medicaid coverage to help pay the cost of a nursing home, there are also situations where a senior or his/her family members want to ensure that their loved one […]

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Florida Medicaid Planning: Can’t I Just Give My Assets Away and Qualify for Medicaid Benefits?

As you become older, you may incur significant medical expenses, even when you are covered by Medicare. Medicare, the insurance designed to cover all elderly Americans, provides some coverage but requires you to pay a percentage of expenses and may not offer full payment for things like assisted living or nursing home care. Fact is […]

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Avoid Blowing Veteran’s Benefits

Check out this article from WealthManagement.com.  It talks about how selling trusts and life insurance to war veterans can be tricky.  Dealing with both Medicaid and VA rules can be very complicated.  One misstep could disqualify a veteran from important benefits.  Click on the following link to read the article: Avoid Blowing Veteran’s Benefits

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Medicaid Cuts to Save State Money

The Florida Independent recently published an article by Ashley Lopez discussing the state’s efforts to cut costs by limiting Medicaid coverage: Kaiser Health News and USA Today report that Florida is among a slew of states that have been cutting costs by limiting hospital coverage in their Medicaid plans. Last week, an official for Florida’s […]

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Non-Service Related Pensions for Veterans

Two benefits available to vets or their widows are the Improved Pension and the Aid and Attendance Program. Both programs require the vet to have served for 90 days of active service with at least one day of service during wartime with no dishonorable discharge. Vets who entered service after September 8, 1980, may have […]

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