Medicaid for Married Couples

Medicaid for married couples

Medicaid for married couples

By Miles Hurley | February 23, 2021

We’re back in the car again on our Medicaid road trip. The unexpected and treacherous weather in the U.S. during the past week has certainly slowed us down. It is similar to working through the Medicaid process. Sometimes it is a smooth road and other times there are obstacles and surprises. Last week we talked…

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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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How Medicaid Treats Joint Bank Accounts

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 22, 2017

Medicaid’s rules for eligibility are complex and there are so many misunderstandings. Families often mistakenly believe that adding more account holders to the Medicaid applicant’s bank account will reduce their assets. We often hear things like this, “Well, I added myself to Momma’s checking account last year, so won’t Medicaid look at only ½ of…

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Using the Medicaid “Spend Down” to Pre-Pay Funeral Expenses

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 14, 2017

Money, Death, and Medicaid—topics very few want to discuss. When it comes to planning ahead for retirement, long-term care needs or death, I have come to learn that few families ever approach these topics. Most of our families come to us in crisis – they have insufficient funds for retirement, no plan for their long-term…

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Do all Nursing Homes Accept Medicaid?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 30, 2017

We often hear families talk about “Medicaid Nursing Homes” as if there are nursing homes in Georgia that are for residents relying on Medicaid. There is a fear behind this assumption that Medicaid beneficiaries are relegated to terrible nursing homes. Fortunately, this is a myth. Most nursing homes in Metro Atlanta are dual-certified for Medicare…

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Are retirement plans counted towards the $2,000 Medicaid limit?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 23, 2017

Are retirement plans counted towards the $2,000 Medicaid limit? I have been told that my mom does not qualify for Medicaid because of her 401(k) plan. I’ve also been told that she can keep that fund and still get Medicaid. What do I do? I almost cashed her plan out last week.  The rules about…

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Understanding Medicaid Rules: Exempt Assets and Countable Assets

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 16, 2017

To qualify for nursing home Medicaid, applicants must pass some fairly strict tests on the amount of assets they own. While the Medicaid rules themselves are complicated and tricky, it’s safe to say that a single person will qualify for Medicaid as long as he/she has only exempt assets plus a small amount of cash…

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When to Apply For Medicaid

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 9, 2017

I want to look at the case we mentioned last week again: Sarah applied for Medicaid on behalf of her father, Don. Don owned a home that he placed in an irrevocable trust in 2014. When he first moved to the nursing home, he had about $85,000 in his checking account and a few certificates…

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Medicaid is not a D-I-Y Project

By Hurley Elder Care Law | August 2, 2017

Our office receives regular calls from families asking us to intervene in Medicaid cases that have been denied. Often times, family members are handed a copy of the Medicaid application from a social worker in a nursing home or the nursing home admissions director, so they think they should just fill out the application and…

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Can’t I Just Give Away My Assets? Understanding the Penalty Period

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 26, 2017

After our last blog post about qualifying for nursing home Medicaid while owning a home, we received numerous questions about just giving the house away. Several sons and daughters were advised to just sign a quitclaim deed transferring mom or dad’s house to them before moving them into a nursing home. They thought that just…

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