Medicaid

Special needs trust terminated when beneficiary moved

Special Needs Trust Terminated When Beneficiary Moved

What happens to a special needs trust when the beneficiary moves to a new state? Will the trust continue, or transfer to the control of the new state? One special needs trust beneficiary in Colorado discovered the Centennial State’s odd rule: a special needs trust is terminated when the beneficiary moves. Parker Wilson’s story Young …

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Medicaid planning technique

Medicaid Planning Technique Didn’t Work Exactly as Intended

When a family member faces the high cost of long-term care, it may seem important to do whatever it takes to preserve their resources. Sometimes, though, a given Medicaid planning technique may cause problems. That can be true even if the approach is legal — and sometimes even if it is effective. Take Missouri resident …

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Medicaid eligibility and joint account

Unreachable Joint Account Makes Applicant Ineligible for Medicaid

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 43 Paul (that’s not his real name) needed long-term care. His health and his mental capability had both declined, and he could no longer handle his personal affairs nor take care of himself. Paul’s assets included a car (titled in his and his daughter’s names) and three Bank of …

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Good News: The IRS Simplifies Its Proposed ABLE Act Rules

NOVEMBER 23, 2015 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 43 The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act initially looked like it would provide important opportunities to people with disabilities. Although much work was left to the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration and individual states, advocates hoped that it might open up a simple choice for …

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Medicare Savings Programs

Medicare Savings Programs: QMB, SLMB, QI, QDWI and Extra Help

FEBRUARY 9, 2015 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 6 Health care programs for the elderly, the poor and the disabled can be complicated and confusing. We frequently find that clients are unclear about the differences — in eligibility and in coverage — between Medicare and Medicaid, for instance. Add in the fact that Arizona calls its Medicaid …

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