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Should We Lie to Medicaid About a Small Asset Transfer Made 3 Years Ago?

I am applying for Medicaid for mom, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  Medicaid officials are doing a five-year look back at her finances and they want an explanation and verification for a $2,200 withdrawal three years ago, way before she applied for Medicaid and way before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  Can I say she gave the money to her grandchildren as gifts or should I say she bought a bed, mattress and dresser from an estate sale but I have no receipts?  She has no money to hire an attorney so I am lost.  

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tags: Medicaid Rules, Medicaid Planning
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Is There a Way to Shield Mineral Rights Income From Consideration by Medicaid?

My wife and I jointly own my inherited mineral rights and currently receive less than $2,000 a month in royalty income from these properties. If one of us needs to file for Medicaid, how would this asset be treated? How can we protect these assets? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Will Medicaid Pay for Mom's Home Care?

My mom is being told that she needs 24-hour in-home care. She has never applied for Medicaid but she does not have the money to pay for long-term home care. What are her options? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules, Senior Living
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Will My Mother's House Have to Be Sold If She Goes on Medicaid?

My sister lives with my mom, who has reached the stage where she needs to be in a full-time care facility. My mom owns the house. Will the house have to be sold to cover the costs of her care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Is There a Way to Receive a Car Crash Settlement and Still Preserve Medicaid?

My mother was involved in a car crash caused by an uninsured driver and has been awarded a reasonable sum by her own car insurance. Currently she is on Medicaid and needs daily care due to the accident. But if she recieves any of the insurance money, she will lose her coverage and daily care. Do you have any advice on how to deal with this situation? Ideally she would receive the money to buy a low-cost property to reduce her monthly expenses and move to a more hospitable environment. 

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tags: Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Rules
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Is My Mother Entitled to Her Deceased First Husband's Social Security Benefits?

My father was killed in 1965. My mother remarried in 1984. Is she entitled to my father's Social Security benefits? She is 83 years old.  

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tags: Social Security
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Can My Mother Move to Another State and Qualify for Medicaid There?

My 80-year-old mother recently moved from New Mexico to Texas because of ongoing health and care issues. She needs to to be in a skilled nursing facility. Since she is not a Texas resident, how will Medicaid work if she requires extended care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Is the Cash Value of a Life Insurance Policy a Countable Asset for Medicaid

My wife is the owner of a life insurance policy on our daughter. Will the cash value of the life insurance be exempt from our countable assets if I go on Medicaid long-term care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules

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