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Is a Change of Beneficiary on an IRA Considered a Gift by Medicaid?

Both of my elderly parents are alive, and my father just changed the beneficiary of his IRA account from his wife to his children. Her name is not on the account because she has a separate IRA account. If either parent needs Medicaid in the next five years, would the change of beneficiaries be considered a gift and subject to penalty by Medicaid?

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Can Medicaid Put a Lien on Property After It Goes Through Probate?

My mother was a Medicaid recipient who passed away in New York City less than a year ago. She owned a co-op apartment that was transferred to me after it went through the probate process. Months later, I received a letter from Medicaid saying that it was putting a lien on the apartment. Can Medicaid do this after the apartment has gone through the process in court?

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How Do I Get Medicaid to Stop Sending Estate Recovery Notices When There Is Nothing to Recover?

My mother passed away with no assets -- no house, no life insurance, no savings, etc. What do I need to provide to Medicaid so they stop sending notices about recovering benefits paid to the nursing home? There is nothing to recover.

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When My Father Is Admitted to the Hospital, What Do I Do With Extra Money in His Nursing Home Account?

My father is in a nursing home in Florida and receiving Medicaid. When he is admitted to the hospital, the nursing home doesn't deduct money from his account for the days he is not in the nursing home. What am I supposed to do with the additional money in his account? The nursing home typically takes $1,960 from his account monthly, and this month it deducted only $1,074 since he was in the hospital for part of the month. 

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Can Medicaid Recoup Benefits From a House with a Mortgage on It?

My husband's grandmother is in a nursing home. She has a house, but there is a bank loan against it that we are paying off. Can Medicaid take the house or does the bank own it until the loan is paid off?

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Can a Spouse Sell a Home After the Medicaid Recipient Has Died?

My mom and dad jointly owned a home in Arkansas. My dad just passed away after having to spend some time in a long-term care facility that required him to sign up for Medicaid. The house is falling into disrepair and I would like my mom to move somewhere that requires less maintenance and is closer to family. She can't afford to move without selling her current home. Is she allowed to sell the home or is the state waiting to take it?

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Does Medicaid Count an UTMA Account If a Grandparent Contributes to It?

Are Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts that are owned by a child counted by Medicaid towards a grandfather's eligibility if the grandfather is the custodian? Also, does Medicaid include the grandfather's contributions in the five-year look-back?

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Once a Nursing Home Resident Qualifies for Medicaid, Are There Any Rules on the Remaining $2,000 in Assets?

Once a patient in a nursing home reduces assets to qualify for Medicaid, what are the regulations on the remaining cash ($2,000 in my state) in the bank account?

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