Most seniors headed for nursing homes -- or their spouses or children -- don't want to have to use up all of their assets to get some help paying for the high cost of nursing homes, assisted living, or home health care. But there are rules against transferring assets to others for the purpose of qualifying for Medicaid long-term care while preserving assets. Fortunately, federal and state Medicaid laws contain exceptions to the rule against making gifts within five years of applying for Medicaid for long-term care.
How Can I Safely Transfer My Assets to Get Medicaid to Pay for Long-Term Care?
While Medicaid finances most long-term care in this country, Medicaid is supposed to be "the payer of last resort" when it comes to long-term care.
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Many individuals who apply for Medicaid find that they have too many assets to qualify.
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Retitling Assets When a Spouse Needs Medicaid to Pay for a Nursing Home
When a spouse faces the need for nursing home care, the couple should consider retitling assets to prepare for Medicaid eligibility. This article explores how and why assets should be retitled.
Medicaid Planning That Won't Work: Asset Transfers That Incur a Medicare Penalty
Medicaid will pay for nursing home care only for those with limited assets and will penalize those who give away assets to qualify for Medicaid.
What Will Happen if Medicaid Says I Transferred My Assets to Qualify for Benefits?
Medicaid can withhold eligibility for months or even years if you transferred assets within five years of applying for Medicaid coverage of long-term care.
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