2019 Medicaid Levels Released

The New York State Department of Health recently issued General Information Statement (GIS) 18 MA/15 which sets forth several of the 2019 Medicaid figures.   Here are a few of them (as compared to 2018) – Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (“MMMNA”) – $3,160.60 ($3,090) Community Spouse Resource Allowance (“CSRA”) – $126,420 ($123,600) Resource limit… Read More »

Should You Disinherit a Family Member Because They are Receiving Some Kind of Government Benefits?

One of the most frustrating things as a Special Needs planning attorney is to have someone in my office doing planning and they tell me that they need to disinherit a family member because they are receiving some kind of government benefits.  Their mindset is that they are looking out for that loved one, but… Read More »

When is a gift not a gift?

As a planner, I sometimes hear things like: “I thought I could give my kids $10,000” “I’ll just sell my house to my children for $1” “Can I pay my grandson’s college tuition and not have to worry about Medicaid? “I will not give my daughter money to buy a car, I’ll just buy it… Read More »

Can I Revoke My Irrevocable Trust?

When it comes to protecting your assets from the costs of a long-term illness, such as a nursing home, the Medicaid Asset Protection Trust is a staple planning technique.  It is an effective way to protect your home (and other property) as well as certain liquid assets in the event you require long-term nursing home… Read More »

Changes Coming to Medicaid and Managed Long Term Care

If you are receiving Medicaid benefits in the community (ie, getting care at home), you are probably enrolled with a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) provider.  The MLTC contracts with various home care agencies who provide the care. As part of the 2018/2019 budget, the New York State Department of Health (overseers of the program)… Read More »

If I apply for Medicaid, is my home exempt?

A homestead is defined by Medicaid as the primary residence occupied by the applicant, the applicant’s spouse, or the applicant’s minor, disabled or blind child. A homestead is exempt for purposes of Medicaid eligibility under certain circumstances. The law limits that the applicant’s net equity in the home must be valued at or below $858,000… Read More »

Am I Eligible for Community Medicaid ?

OK, you have done your Google search.  You read about Community Medicaid but you don’t believe that your loved one qualifies because they have too much money in the bank, their income is too high, or both. In order to be eligible for Medicaid Home Care (Community Medicaid) services you must meet the following criteria:… Read More »

2018 Medicaid Update

Commencing January 1, 2018, there are new Medicaid amounts reflecting Medicaid eligibility. This is the second of a four-part series of updates for 2018.  2018 Asset and Income Allowances   One Person   Two People  Income Level *including $20 unearned income disregard  $  862  $  1,253  Medicaid Resource Level  $ 15,150  $  22,200    2018 Medicaid Transfer Rates… Read More »