January 30, 2015

The Veterans Administration has published its 2015 pension rates, reflecting a 1.7% cost of living increase from 2014. 

 

Click here to find the new pension rate tables.

January 30, 2015

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ruled on January 20 that if California's Department of Health Care Services cannot process a Medi-Cal application within its 45-day deadline, then it must grant applicants who are likely eligible with provisional health...

January 27, 2015

Supplemental needs trusts (also known as "special needs" trusts) allow a disabled beneficiary to receive gifts, lawsuit settlements, or other funds and not lose his eligibility for certain government programs. Such trusts are drafted so that the funds will not be consi...

January 27, 2015

"No. This is one of the most common misconceptions of seniors. Medicare covers short-term rehabilitation but does not cover 
custodial care at home or in a nursing home. Medicare will cover acute illnesses such as heart surgery or strokes, but not chronic illnesses suc...

January 27, 2015

According to the American Bar Association:

 

"If you or a loved one is concerned about cost of long-term care and how you will pay for it, then you should speak to an elder law attorney. The elder law attorney will be able to explain to you the various methods of paying...

January 27, 2015

 

Under Medi-Cal law, following the death of the Medi-Cal recipient the state must attempt to recover from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient’s care. However, no recovery can take place until the death of the recipient’s spouse, or as long as...

January 27, 2015

 

The Medi-Cal law provides special protections for the spouse of a nursing home resident to make sure she has the minimum support needed to continue to live in the community.

 

The so-called “spousal protections” work this way:  If the Medi-Cal applicant is married, the...

January 27, 2015

The basic Medi-Cal rule for nursing home residents is that they must pay all of their income, minus certain deductions, to the nursing home. The deductions include a $35-a-month personal needs allowance (this amount may be somewhat higher in particular states), a deduc...

January 27, 2015

Transferring assets to certain recipients will not trigger a period of Medi-Cal ineligibility. These exempt recipients include the following:

  • A spouse (or a transfer to anyone else as long as it is for the spouse’s benefit)

  • A blind or disabled child

  • A trus...

January 27, 2015

 

The second major rule of Medi-Cal eligibility is the penalty for transferring assets. Congress does not want you to move into a nursing home on Monday, give all your money to your children (or whomever) on Tuesday, and qualify for Medi-Cal on Wednesday. So it has impo...

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