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Steps to Obtain Medicaid in a New State of Residence

Steps to Obtain Medicaid in a New State of ResidenceA number of my clients have experienced a gap in their Medicaid coverage because they moved from one state to another to be closer to their families. It is important to remember that Medicaid is not portable. You cannot simply transfer it from one state to another. For example, if you are receiving Medicaid benefits in New York and you move to another state, the New York State Medicaid eligibility will be lost. Meanwhile, there could be a considerable delay before you are enrolled in Medicaid and start to receive benefits in your new home state.

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What You Need to Know About the Medicaid 5-Year Lookback

What You Need to Know about the Medicaid 5 Year LookbackMany people that I meet have either heard of or think they know something about Medicaid’s 5-year lookback rule, but most people do not know exactly what it means. For example, they may not realize that there are certain transfers (gifts) during that 5-year period that don’t have any impact on Medicaid eligibility. These are called exempt transfers.

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