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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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ElderLaw 101

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 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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High Court's Marriage Ruling Extends Medicaid Protections to Same-Sex Couples Nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on marriage equality means that gay couples living in states that previously did not recognize their marriage will now be covered by Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment protections and asset transfer rules.  

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Reverse Mortgages Are Causing Some Homeowners to Lose Their Homes

A reverse mortgage can be a great tool in the right circumstances, but if you aren't careful you could end up losing your home...

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How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work?

One area that causes a lot of confusion with regard to Medicaid is the look-back period.

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What Happens to a Medicaid Recipient If the Community Spouse Dies First?

When one spouse is in a nursing home and applying for Medicaid, planning has to take into account the possibility that the spouse who is not in the nursing home (called the "community spouse") may pass away first.

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How Bad Off Is the Nursing Home Industry?

Some nursing homes are reaping profits at the same time that many are cutting back on care workers ... 

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