Medicaid is a state-federal partnership that provides medical benefit assistance to people who qualify, especially those over 65 years of age. However, in order to qualify, you also need to meet certain financial requirements such as asset limits. However, if you have made “uncompensated transfers,”that could lead to a period of disqualification from the program. Read on to learn more. Uncompensated Transfers … [Read more...] about Uncompensated Transfers
Medicaid is a state-federal partnership that provides medical benefit assistance to certain needy people, especially those over 65 years of age. However, you need to meet financial requirements such as asset limits to qualify. Assets in an irrevocable trust not for your benefit typically don’t count as available. Read on to learn more. Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts … [Read more...] about Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts
What’s the right direction for you in planning for the help you might need in the future? Seven in ten of us will need long-term care at some point in our lives. Here are possible paths for covering the assistance you may need. How Will You Obtain the Care You Need? … [Read more...] about How Will You Obtain the Care You Need?
Each year, crowdfunding websites raise money for causes. Did you know such a website could impact your eligibility to receive Medicaid? Read on to learn how crowdfunding can impact Medicaid eligibility. Why Crowdfunding May Cost You Medicaid Eligibility … [Read more...] about Why Crowdfunding May Cost You Medicaid Eligibility
An ABLE account is a great strategy for someone who became disabled by age 26. An ABLE account may be income tax-free. It has other unique benefits for a disabled person. Read on to learn more about the ABLE account and how it can help. ABLE Accounts … [Read more...] about ABLE Accounts
Transferring an ERISA account, like a 401(k), from one spouse to another can have substantial tax benefits, by delaying Required Minimum Distributions or avoiding early withdrawal penalties. However, one cannot simply transfer an account from one spouse to another under most circumstances without triggering adverse tax consequences. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order or “QDRO” avoids those adverse consequences. While a QDRO is most commonly used in a divorce context, divorce is not a … [Read more...] about QDRO: Not Just for Divorce Anymore
Nobody wants incapacity, not for yourself and not for your loved ones. But planning for that possibility can avoid complications and increase options. The article discusses the elements of incapacity planning and the need for flexibility to do Medicaid planning. It discusses how a trust with Medicaid triggers can allow that. Incapacity Planning … [Read more...] about Incapacity Planning
As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely that you will ever need such care you may want to reconsider your stance. In fact most people who are fortunate enough to reach the age of 65 will eventually need living assistance, so this is something that is relevant to everyone. According to … [Read more...] about Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Costs
Because of the fact that Medicare does not pay for long-term care many senior citizens wind up relying on Medicaid to pay for nursing home expenses. Medicaid planning can involve "spending down" so that you can stay within the upper financial asset limit of $2000. It should be noted that some of your personal property does not count toward this $2000 limit, including your primary place of residence. Divesting yourself of personal ownership of your assets is what spending down is all about. … [Read more...] about Medicaid Eligibility: Does My Trust Count?
To qualify for the Medicaid program as a senior citizen you must have countable assets that do not exceed a certain very modest limit. In most states this limit is $2000. However, the word "countable" is quite operative here because some of your most valuable possessions don't count. And, if you are married your spouse can keep a significant portion of the countable assets if you were to seek Medicaid eligibility. Though you may retain ownership of your home and still gain eligibility for … [Read more...] about Medicaid Limits Adjusted Upward This Year