Medicaid Planning

Planning for Care

Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Qualified Income Trusts 101

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 26, 2018

Georgia has an “income cap” that is currently set at $2,250/month for nursing home Medicaid eligibility. This means that anyone this limit must jump through an extra hoop. Hurley Elder Care Law’s blog explains this extra hoop.

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: How Mr. Smith Pays for His Wife’s Nursing Home Care

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 12, 2018

Mr. Smith was shocked when he was told that his wife could be eligible for Medicaid. Although they have never been wealthy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith always worked decent paying jobs and saved for retirement in their IRAs. How could they be eligible for Medicaid?

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Six Tips to Getting into a Nursing Home Without a Hospitalization

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 6, 2018

Finding a nursing home bed in the Metro Atlanta area can be difficult. In May, we published a blog about this issue that you can read here: https://hurleylaw.wpengine.com/2018/05/09/finding-right-nursing-home-metro-atlanta/ In summary, you can read that many of our nursing homes in Metro Atlanta are accepting residents for short-term rehab (or sub-acute rehab) only and do not…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Is This Legal?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 29, 2018

It is not illegal to plan for nursing home expenses and to work with the rules given by our federal and state government to access available resources. It is, however, illegal to hide assets from the government in order to qualify for Medicaid. The asset plans created by our firm involve complete disclosure to DFCS…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Hide Your Assets in a Trust?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 22, 2018

“Can’t I just put Mama’s assets in a trust and then apply for Medicaid?” We hear this question maybe weekly. Unfortunately for these families, qualifying for Medicaid is not that easy. Medicaid Asset Limits In Georgia, you cannot own more than $2,000 of countable assets to be eligible for nursing home Medicaid. For a thorough…

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Increase in the Monthly Personal Needs Allowance

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 15, 2018

This year, Georgia increased the amount of money that a nursing home resident receiving Medicaid benefits can keep from their monthly income. As you are aware, Medicaid is a means-tested health insurance program for those with limited income and assets (for a complete discussion on those limits, please click here). Medicaid’s Cost Share (or Patient…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Getting Medicaid Even When You Have Too Many Assets

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 1, 2018

To qualify for nursing home Medicaid, applicants must show that they have a limited amount of countable assets. These rules can be very confusing, and most families worry that their loved one cannot qualify for Medicaid. Currently, Georgia residents must have less than $2,000 in countable assets in order to qualify for nursing home Medicaid.…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Getting Medicaid Even When You Have Too Much Income

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 25, 2018

Medicaid is a means-tested, government-provided health insurance benefit. It is the largest payer of nursing home care in Georgia. It is also commonly misunderstood. For instance, many people believe that they may have too much income for Medicaid. It is true that Georgia has an income cap. For 2018, that income cap is $2,250. This…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Three Ways to Protect Your House From Medicaid Estate Recovery

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 19, 2018

The rules about home ownership and Medicaid often confuse families. Here are the basics: A person can own a home and qualify for Medicaid, BUT that home may be vulnerable to Estate Recovery after the person dies. In other words, a nursing home resident can own a home and still get Medicaid benefits. The home…

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Expert Tips for Georgia Medicaid: Giving Your Assets Away and the Dreaded Medicaid Look Back Period

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 11, 2018

  I am still so surprised by how much misinformation there is about Medicaid’s Look Back Period. Is it 3 years? Is it 30 months? What exactly is the Medicaid Look Back Period? As we all know, Medicaid is a means-tested program that provides health insurance to those who qualify for it. That is, you…

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