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Will Grandmother's Care Payments to Me Cause a Medicaid Penalty Period?
I've been taking care of my grandma for the past two years. She pays me $200 every week. She was recently placed in a nursing home after a fall and may need to file for Medicaid. If she does, will I need to pay back the money I received?
The general rule is that any transfer can cause a period of ineligibility for Medicaid. But since the payments to you were for services you provided, your grandmother should not be subject to this penalty. However, it will be a matter of your proving to the Medicaid agency that you provided necessary services and that the $200 a week was reasonable payment for the work you provided.
For more on Medicaid's asset transfer rules, click here.
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