Joint Bank Accounts Offer No Protection from Medicaid

Children and parents should be aware of adding one another to their bank accounts as joint owners. While joint bank accounts may offer parents a certain level of protection by making sure that someone will always have access to their money to pay bills, joint bank accounts are more likely to cause greater issues instead of resolving issues. As individuals begin to grow older, they tend to become concerned with how they will finance their long-term care. Many people turn to Medicaid, a joint Federal and State funded program, to help fund this expense. Since Medicaid eligibility is determined by a combined value of assets and income, joint bank accounts can have negative effects on a person’s ability to secure Medicaid benefits. Continue reading “Joint Bank Accounts Offer No Protection from Medicaid”

States May be Allowed to Invoke Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Long Island Medicaid eligibility consultingMedicaid provides health coverage to over 72.5 million Americans. Those covered include children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and those with disabilities. According to Medicaid.gov, Medicaid is currently the leading provider of health coverage in the United States. Continue reading “States May be Allowed to Invoke Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility”

Spending Down Assets for Medicaid: A Prepaid Funeral Contract

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, there are certain asset limits that need to be followed. Some of those include $2,000 in cash ($3,000 for a couple), a home valued at $500,000 or less, one automobile of any market value, funeral and burial funds, any real or personal property deemed essential for self-support, and a life insurance policy not exceeding $1,500. If an applicant wishes to receive Medicaid funding but has excessive assets, they will need to either spend down those assets or use the excessive amount to pay for long-term care needs until the surplus amount is drained. Continue reading “Spending Down Assets for Medicaid: A Prepaid Funeral Contract”

Medicaid Ineligibility Period

medicaidMedicaid is considered a need-based program. For this reason, in order to qualify for Medicaid, you must have only a limited income and a maximum amount of assets to qualify. Many people worry that because they have a home or a car that they will be ineligible to apply for Medicaid. This is untrue, as certain assets will be excluded from your total assets.

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Graham-Cassidy Proposal Puts Medicaid Coverage at Risk

Senate Republicans continue to push for legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Graham-Cassidy bill is sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina and Senator Bill Cassidy, from Louisiana. Although the bill is still lacking 50 votes needed, it is important to understand the effects it may have on health care. Continue reading “Graham-Cassidy Proposal Puts Medicaid Coverage at Risk”

Social Security Disability Insurance vs. Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both supplemental income programs that are used to help the disabled, elderly, and blind. The main difference between SSDI and SSI is that SSI is a means-based program, whereas SSDI is an entitlement program. SSDI is only available to people who have worked long enough to accumulate work credits. SSI is available to people who have not earned enough work credits and can show that they financially need the support. Both SSI and SSDI are administered by the Social Security Administration, but they have entirely different financial requirements. Continue reading “Social Security Disability Insurance vs. Supplemental Security Income”

Medicaid Financials At A Glimpse

New York Medicaid eligibility

Medicaid is a program that entitles individuals who meet certain income and asset criteria to benefits for Chronic Medicaid or Community Medicaid. Chronic Medicaid is care that is provided in a skilled nursing facility, whereas Community Medicaid is care that is provided in an individual’s home by a home health aide. In 2017, Medicaid applicants may have up to $14,850.00 in resources to qualify for Chronic Medicaid. A Medicaid applicant may also have retirement accounts, such as IRAs, as long as the applicant is taking the minimum monthly distributions. In addition, a pre-paid burial account is an exempt asset. Continue reading “Medicaid Financials At A Glimpse”

New York Medicaid Personal Care Services

NY Medicaid personal care servicesMedicaid is a federal and state funded program that provides health coverage to those, including the elderly and disabled, who meet certain income and resource eligibility requirements. Personal care services (PCS), or home attendant services, are provided by a personal care aide to individuals who require nutritional and environmental support as well as assistance with personal care functions. Through New York Medicaid, eligible individuals can receive PCS to maintain their health and safety in their own homes. Continue reading “New York Medicaid Personal Care Services”

What to Consider Before Choosing a Nursing Home

Today, as many as 1.3 million Americans live in nursing homes. Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be difficult and there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before making a decision. Although every elder’s needs are unique, there are common criteria that may serve as a guide when choosing the best nursing home for a loved one’s needs. These important factors include method of payment, location, quality, and specialized services. Continue reading “What to Consider Before Choosing a Nursing Home”

Common Long-Term Care Planning Misconceptions

Many people share common concerns as they reach retirement age: Will they have the ability to remain independent in their homes without intervention from others? Are they going to be able to maintain good health and receive adequate health care? Will they have enough money for everyday needs and not outlive their assets and income? Despite the fact that thousands of Americans are concerned with these aspects of aging, many have failed to develop adequate long-term care plans that specify which services they will need and how they will pay for them. Unfortunately, many Americans also share common misconceptions about long-term care planning that may be factors in why individuals fail to establish a properly executed long-term care plan prior to when they need the services. Continue reading “Common Long-Term Care Planning Misconceptions”