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Can Medicaid Force the Sale of a Car That Is in My Father's Name Even Though I Make the Payments?

My father was placed in a nursing home six weeks ago and he will be applying for Medicaid. He has two cars: a truck that is paid for and the car I drive. The car is in his name, but I make the monthly payments. I have about a year of payments left on this car. Will Medicaid take both of these vehicles, or is the one I drive OK because I'm still paying on it? He owns no other property.

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Must an IRA Inherited from Father Be Used to Pay Mother's Medicaid Bill?

I have a client whose father was a resident of Arkansas and passed away recently. The son is the beneficiary of his father's individual retirement account (IRA). His mother is in a nursing home on Medicaid, also in Arkansas. Will Medicaid come after the son for the inherited IRA assets and force the son to give up those assets to pay for the mother's care?

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Can a Medicaid Recipient Allow Someone to Live in Her House Rent-Free?

Can someone on Medicaid allow a grandchild to live in her house and not pay rent, just maintain the home?

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If the Community Spouse Dies Before the Medicaid Recipient, Can Medicaid Collect from the Spouse's Estate?

My father-in-law lives at home, while his wife is in a nursing home and has been approved for Medicaid (in Medicaid jargon, my father-in-law is the “community spouse”). He has recently become seriously ill and is not expected to survive his wife. His only asset is a bank account held in his name with his son (my husband). Does Medicaid have a claim to any money left after he passes?

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Can a Medicaid Recipient's House Be Transferred to a Caregiver Child After the Recipient's Death?

My sister moved from out-of-state to live with our dad and care for him. She lived with him for more than two years, which delayed a move to assisted living. After eventually going into assisted living, he received Medicaid until his death in June 2016. Upon his passing, the Medicaid office notified me, as executor, that there is a lien on the home that will need to be paid. However, we discovered that my sister meets the requirements under the caregiver exception in the Medicaid rules. Can I, as the executor, transfer the house under the caregiver exception and avoid the lien?

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Will Gifting a Car Cause a Medicaid Penalty Period?

Can my mother gift her car to my daughter without worrying about the five-year look-back period if she applies for Medicaid?

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Do We Have to Sell My Mother's House for the Tax-Assessed Value to Avoid a Medicaid Penalty?

We are in the in the process of trying to sell mom's home to help cover her nursing home expenses. Our realtor told us that because of the home's dated condition, we won't be able to get the tax-assessed value. If this is the case, will there be an issue with Medicaid when my mom's money runs out? We are under the impression that we need to sell for no less than the assessed value.

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What Can I Do if My Father's Income Is Too High for Medicaid, But Too Low for Nursing Home Costs?

My father is in serious need of nursing home care. However, his pension income is too high for Medicaid, but too low for nursing home costs. Is there anything our family can do?

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