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Can the State Take My Social Security to Repay Medicaid's Coverage of My Husband's Care?

My husband, who was in a nursing home, died a few weeks ago.  All his medical bills were paid for by Medicaid. Yesterday I recieved a letter from the state about Medicaid repayment. He and I have no property.  My only income is from Social Security and I live in HUD assisted senior apartments. Can the state take my Social Security checks? That is the only asset I have to live on.

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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What Will My Capital Gains Tax Be When I Sell My Home?

I am planning on selling my house and buying a smaller and cheaper one. I am married and have been in my home for 40 years. Its sale price will be close to $2.5 million. I paid $358,000 and I have made approximately $250,000 in improvements. My new purchase will be about $1 million. What capital gains taxes will I be paying on the sale of my primary residence. (I live in California.)

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tags: Estate Planning
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How Will Taking Out a Reverse Mortgage Affect Home Care Benefits?

My mother is currently receiving home care services under New York's Medicaid program. If she takes out a reverse mortgage on her home and gives me some of the money to help me with the downpayment to buy myself a home, will she be disqualified from Medicaid when she recertifies? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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What Happens to Dad's Debts When He Moves to a Nursing Home and Has No Money?

My father will go on Medicaid long-term care assistance soon. He will receive only $95 a month in income; the state will take everything else for the nursing home. What is he to do with all his medical hospital and credit card bills? Does he need to file for bankruptcy? Does he do nothing since he has nothing to take. He has no assets and nothing of importance or value.

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tags: Estate Planning, Senior Living
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Do I Lose My Husband's Income If He Enters a Nursing Home and Goes on Medicaid?

If my husband goes into a nursing home and enrolls in Medicaid, will I lose all of his Social Security check? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Will Medicaid Require Funds in a Wife's IRA to Be Spent Down?

My sister-in-law has a considerable amount in her IRA. Her husband is in an assisted living facility and she is concerned that he will ultimately require a nursing home. Her main concern is that the state will take away her funds from the IRA if her husband applies for Medicaid. The IRA is only in her name. Can the state attach her money in the IRA? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Will Removing Funds From a Joint Bank Account Cause a Period of Medicaid Ineligibility?

More than five years ago my mother and I set up a joint bank account. Three years ago I moved the funds to an account in my name only. My mother recently entered a nursing home and applied for Medicaid (in Rhode Island). Would any of this account be subject to clawback? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Can My Aunt Suddenly Cut Off My Stipend for Taking Care of Grandmother?

I have moved my 93-year-old grandmother into my home. Neither my aunt nor my father wanted to take care of her. She is not at the point where she needs full-time medical care, but she needs someone to watch over her on a daily basis. My aunt has been paying me $100 a week for food and essentials, but now is saying that she is cutting off all money to me/my grandmother until she speaks with an elder lawyer. My grandmother, father, and aunt are all on her checking account. Do I have any rights to protect my grandmother and myself financially at this point? 

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tags: Senior Living, , Medicaid Rules

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