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March 29, 2018
Medicaid 101: Part 9 - Expansion Medicaid

Medicaid 101: Part 9 – Expansion Medicaid

Part 1 of this Medicaid blog series generally discussed the Medicaid program and its eligibility requirements. For most Medicaid applicants seeking long-term care coverage, there is both an income and an asset test for eligibility. Refer to Part 1 and the corresponding sections regarding those eligibility requirements. The Affordable Care Act implemented the Medicaid expansion […]
April 5, 2018
Long-term Planning for Medicaid

Medicaid 101: Part 10 – Long-term Planning for Medicaid

Part 5 of this blog discussed the five-year lookback period for Medicaid eligibility.  If any gifts or transfers of assets are made in the five years preceding the filing of a Medicaid application, the applicant may be penalized for those gifts or transfers. Any transfers made more than five years before a Medicaid application is […]
April 10, 2018
New Medicare cards

New Medicare cards to be issued – beware of scams

Beginning in April 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing new Medicare cards to remove Social Security Numbers from the cards.  New Medicare enrollees will receive one of these new cards containing an account number instead of their Social Security Number. Those already enrolled in Medicare will start receiving new cards over […]
April 12, 2018
Medicaid crisis planning

Medicaid 101: Part 11 – Crisis Planning

Part 10 of this blog series discussed long-term planning – that is, planning to protect assets more than five years before a Medicaid application is filed. Many times, however, unexpected events occur and a long-term plan cannot be accomplished.  Instead, a more immediate plan, called a crisis plan, could be implemented to still protect assets […]