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Can You Be Disqualified from Medicaid Coverage?

As Elder Law attorneys, one of the most common questions we receive from our clients about Medicaid is if (and how) you can be disqualified from receiving Medicaid coverage. The short answer is yes, you can be disqualified from Medicaid coverage based on factors such as assets, savings and more ...
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The VA Passes New Changes to the Aid and Attendance Benefits. Does This Affect Your Pension Eligibility?

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its final rule on September 18, 2018 of its intention to amend regulations surrounding veterans’ eligibility for VA pension and other needs-based benefit programs, effective on October 18, 2018. The final ruling contains critical information for veterans in our community, and may ...
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Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

For married Michigan couples whose combined incomes fall slightly above or below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL), Medicaid planning can help ensure that a proper “healthcare safety net” is put in place should medical assistance ever be required. This not only offers you access to potentially life-saving medical treatment, but ...
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The MI Choice Waiver: An Option for Elderly Patients under Medicaid

For the nearly 2.3 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors and people with disabilities who benefit from Medicaid coverage across the state of Michigan, access to this affordable and long-term healthcare is not just a “good thing to have”—it is almost a necessity at this point. For individuals who ...
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MICHIGAN MAKES HUGE CHANGES TO MEDICAID PLANNING FOR MARRIED COUPLES – THE END OF THE SBO TRUST

On August 20, 2014, the Department of Human Services (DHS) made a massive, unexpected change to Medicaid planning for married couples in the state of Michigan by changing the way they analyze assets put into the Solely for the Benefit Trust. For past 18 years, DHS has allowed the spouse ...
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6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Your Spouse Enters Nursing Home

The average cost of care in a nursing home is currently $8,282 per month, which is continually increasing. With the high cost of long-term care, it is no surprise that most families find themselves exhausting their funds within one year of a prolonged nursing home stay. Contrary to popular belief, ...
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Common Medicaid Misconceptions

We meet with families on a regular basis who face long term care issues, but make decisions based upon an incomplete understanding of the laws and rules concerning Medicaid. For example, we often hear that information has been passed along by friends and relatives who faced the same issues, but ...
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Congress Proposes Changes to Medicaid Exempt Annuity

Congress Proposes Changes to Income from Medicaid Exempt Annuity Recently, a bill was introduced by Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) to make major changes to the way Medicaid will treat income received by an at home spouse (known as the community spouse) from their own Medicaid exempt annuity when the other ...
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