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Can the State Make a Claim on My Father's House if He Is Receiving Medicaid Home Care?

I just applied for Medicaid for my mom and dad to receive home care. I don't think either of them will move into a nursing home because they have friends and family nearby. My mom is confined to a wheelchair and needs daily assistance with eating and bathing. My dad will be starting dialysis soon. My question is, will Medicaid attach itself to my parents' home if they are receiving home aid? Currently the deed is only in my dad’s name.

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What Can a Medicaid Applicant Do If His Estranged Spouse Refuses to Give Out Financial Information?

I'm a social worker trying to help a man who needs a skilled nursing facility, but who has no money and has been estranged from his wife for 35 years. He needs to apply for Medicaid to pay for the nursing facility, but because he is not "officially" divorced from his spouse, I'm not sure how that would work. The estranged spouse will not give out any financial information. Do you know what the law is in this situation? There doesn't seem to be any policy written for estranged spouses.

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Can Medicaid Take My Mother's Settlement Money From a Lawsuit Against the Nursing Home?

My mother went into a nursing home six years ago after she broke her hip. She receives Medicaid benefits. We intended for her to get therapy and return home, but while she was in the nursing home, she was severely injured in a fall and now cannot leave the nursing home. She sued the nursing home and received a little more than $25,000 in a settlement. Now Medicaid wants the money that was awarded to her to pay for her care. How can this happen? It should be illegal. Medicaid should make the nursing home be responsible for their neglect and my mother's health from now forward. Is there any way for my mother to keep this money to be used for her final expenses?

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If a Healthy Spouse Marries a Nursing Home Resident, Is the Spouse Entitled to the Resident's Social Security?

What happens if a Medicaid recipient in a nursing home marries a healthy bride? Is the new spouse entitled to any of the nursing home resident's Social Security or pension during his life or can she receive it as a surviving spouse?

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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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