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Tax Refund Pushes Medicaid Recipient Above the Program's Asset Limit

My father-in-law is in a nursing home and is receiving Medicaid benefits. When we had his taxes done this year, he had a refund of $3,000. I know he cannot have more that $2,000 in his account and remain eligible for Medicaid. What do we do at this point? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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A Case Where Transferring the Home to a Child Makes Sense

I have been caring for both my mother and father for about four years. I live in their home in Alabama. My mother has severe COPD and my father has dementia. My concern is how would it affect their jointly owned home if one of them has to be placed in a nursing home (they still have a mortgage). What needs to be done to protect the home if one or both of them have to be placed in a nursing home? 

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tags: Medicaid Planning
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Can a Medicaid Applicant Be Billed for Services While the Application Is Pending?

Can a Pennsylvania resident applying for Medicaid be billed for medical and prescription services while the application is pending? Is there a difference if the original Medicaid application was denied and the patient is waiting for a determination on her appeal?

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Will Medicare Cover a Second Nursing Home Stay?

My aunt was in a nursing home and exceeded the 100 days covered by Medicare.  She was later admitted to the hospital, and then returned to the nursing home. Should Medicare coverage have started over, paying for her nursing home costs again? 

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tags: Medicare
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Mom Keeps Getting Kicked Out of Nursing Homes. What Can I Do?

My mom, who has Alzheimer's, keeps getting kicked out of nursing homes because she is bothering other patients. What do I do? 

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tags: Senior Living
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Will a Spouse's Monetary Gift Jeopardize the Medicaid Eligibility of the Spouse in the Nursing Home?

If the spouse of a nursing home resident gives a monetary gift to her children/grandchildren from her own monthly income, will it jeopardize the Medicaid eligibility of the spouse in the nursing home? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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What Can You Legally Spend Money on in Order to Qualify for Medicaid?

My mom needs to go on Medicaid and has a substantial sum of money in her bank account.  What can we legally spend this money on in order for her to still qualify for Medicaid coverage of her nursing home care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Can I Receive Social Security Benefits on My Husband's Work Record While He Is Still Working?

I am 65 1/2 years old, and as a homemaker I have never been employed. Am I eligible for some Social Security benefits while my 65-year-old husband is still employed? 

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tags: Social Security

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