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Medicaid's Power to Recoup Benefits Paid: Estate Recovery and Liens

Under Medicaid law, following the death of the Medicaid recipient a state must attempt to recover from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient's care. 

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Medicaid's Attempt to Ensure the Healthy Spouse Has Enough Income: The MMMNA

What if most of a couple's income is in the name of the institutionalized spouse and the income of the spouse living in the commun...

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Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, applicants must have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets (the dollar figure may be slightly more, depending on the state). 

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What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid (called "Medi-Cal" in California, "MassHealth" in Massachusetts, and "TennCare" in Tennessee) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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Medicaid's Attempt to Ensure the Healthy Spouse Is Not Impoverished: The CSRA

The "community spouse resource allowance" or CSRA assures that the spouses of Medicaid applicants will be able to keep at least so...

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Medicaid Protections for the Healthy Spouse

Medicaid law provides special protections for the spouses of Medicaid applicants to make sure the spouses have the minimum support...

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Medicaid's Treatment of the Home

Depending on the state, nursing home residents do not have to sell their homes in order to qualify for Medicaid. 

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How Does Medicaid Treat Income?

The basic Medicaid rule for nursing home residents is that they must pay all of their income, minus certain deductions, to the nursing home. 

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