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What You Need to Know About Medicaid’s Personal Needs Allowance

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Seniors who rely on Medicaid and live in nursing homes receive a personal needs allowance — a monthly stipend the Medicaid recipient can use to pay for needs that Medicaid does not cover. Medicaid restricts the amount of the allowance and how it is used. If recipients do not use all the money they received in a month, they may risk losing their coverage.

What Are Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Medicaid imposes strict rules on how much money and assets an applicant can have. To qualify for Medicaid, you must fall under the asset limit, which is $2,000 in most states. Even with greater than $2,000 in assets, however, you may be able to get on Medicaid by establishing a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT). When you put your assets in a MAPT, Medicaid will not count the money in the trust toward its resource limit.

Supreme Court Rules State Medicaid Programs Can Recoup a Larger Share of Injury Settlements

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you are injured due to another person’s negligence and receive Medicaid benefits to pay for care, the state has a legal right to recover the funds it spends on your care from a personal injury settlement or award. Yet in a legal case involving a Floridian teen who was catastrophically injured more than a decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that state Medicaid programs may be repaid from settlement funds reserved for future medical expenses as well.

Medicaid's Benefits for Assisted Living Facility Residents

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Assisted living facilities are a housing option for people who can still live independently but who need some assistance. Costs can range from $2,000 to more than $6,000 a month, depending on location. Medicare won’t pay for this type of care, but Medicaid might. Almost all state Medicaid programs will cover at least some assisted living costs for eligible residents.

How Much Money Can You Have and Still Qualify for Medicaid?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets (the figure may be somewhat higher in some states). Note that Medicaid is a state-run program, so the rules are somewhat different in each state (especially California), although there are federal guidelines.

What is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Medicare and Medicaid are two different government programs for healthcare.  It is important to understand the difference between them.  Here, we will discuss how the program benefits differ, how eligibility for each program is established, and discuss some recent news pertaining to each program.

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