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Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid: When and How to Apply

By Miles Hurley | August 14, 2019

  Applying for Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid can seem daunting. There are so many questions and seemingly few ways to get solid information. Hurley Elder Care Law addresses some of the most frequent questions about applying for Nursing Home Medicaid in Georgia in our most recent blog. How do you apply for Nursing Home Medicaid…

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Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid: Understanding Options for Working Spouses

By Miles Hurley | August 7, 2019

Over the last thirteen years, we have worked with hundreds of spouses. Some are in their 80s and 90s, but many are also in their 50s and 60s.  Dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and many other illnesses are not restricted to only the old-old and oldest-old. These diseases are more likely to affect those over age…

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Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid: Understanding Medicaid Estate Recovery

By Miles Hurley | July 31, 2019

  Many families fear Medicaid estate recovery. Almost every day, we hear from a concerned family member that knows their loved one needs Medicaid, but they are afraid that, “Medicaid will come after our house.” What is Medicaid Estate Recovery? After a Medicaid beneficiary who received support for long-term services and support, either through institutional…

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Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid: Understanding the Patient Liability

By Miles Hurley | July 24, 2019

Nursing Home Medicaid pays for the majority of the cost of the nursing home for the majority of all Georgia nursing home residents. When we last checked, almost 80% of all nursing home residents in Georgia receiving long-term care (and not short-term rehab) are on Medicaid. Nationwide, Medicaid covers 6 in every 10 nursing home…

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Medicaid Misinformation Creates Poor Long-Term Care Decisions

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 17, 2019

  Last week we published a blog on the special Medicaid laws that protect spouses. As we mentioned, Georgia laws and regulations apply different asset limits, allow for spousal diversions, and delay Medicaid estate recovery for married couples when one spouse is in the nursing home. These rules allow for a well spouse to not…

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Medicaid Law’s Special Protections for Spouses


By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 10, 2019

  Georgia nursing home Medicaid continues to confuse families and professionals. One of the most confusing aspects is how the rules apply to a nursing home resident that is married vs. single. Nursing home Medicaid laws are different for single individuals than for married individuals. In many ways, Medicaid laws are more generous for those…

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Georgia’s Personal Needs Allowance Increases to $70

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 3, 2019

  After years of a stagnant personal needs allowance (it was stuck at $50/month for many years), Georgia has made increases two years in a row. In 2018, Georgia increased the personal needs allowance to $65. This year, Georgia has increased the amount to $70. This new personal needs allowance went into effect on Monday,…

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Updated Medicaid and VA Numbers for 2019

By Hurley Elder Care Law | January 2, 2019

  Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year usually brings with it changes to Social Security payments as well as the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and benefit amounts for VA Aid and Attendance. This year, the Social Security Administration announced a 2.8% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for those receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income…

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How Medicaid and VA Benefits Work Together

By Hurley Elder Care Law | December 5, 2018

  Both the VA benefits and Medicaid can be used to pay for long-term care costs, but how they work together is often very confusing. The Basics of VA Benefits The VA benefit can be used to pay for home care, assisted living care, and nursing home care. It pays a set maximum amount to…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: How to Avoid the Medicaid “Death Bill”

By Hurley Elder Care Law | October 3, 2018

One area of Medicaid law that continues to confuse and scare families is the Medicaid “Death Bill,” or known as Medicaid Estate Recovery. Hurley Elder Care Law’s recent blog shares information on how you can avoid the Death Bill.

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