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Federal law protects the healthy (or healthier) spouse of a nursing home resident. The healthier spouse is known in Medicaidland as the Community Spouse. The protections, known as the Spousal Impoverishment Rule (but logically be called the anti-impoverishment rule) were passed as part of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, P.ub. L. No. 100-360 […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

The following the committe report for the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 (MCCA): The leading cause of financial catastrophe among the elderly is the need for long-term care, especially the need for nursing home placement. The expense of nursing home care–which can range from $2,000 to $3,000 per month or more–has the potential for […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

While nursing home bills accrue, the healthy or well spouse, known as the “Community Spouse,” [Note 1] struggles to identify and keep income and resources that are necessary to support herself. [Note 2]. To remedy this situation, Congress enacted spousal impoverishment provisions as part of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 (“MCCA”). [Note 3]. […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

If you agree to file a client’s Medicaid application as part of your representation, here are a few practical considerations. Keep in mind, these suggestions are how we handle matters in our office. If you have a different approach, that’s fine. If you have suggestions on other ways to approach applications, we’d love to hear […]

We regularly post links to news articles and other resources related to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. We focus on general news, health and healthcare news, special needs news, events, government sources, financial and retirement news and legal news. Some cited resources are for professionals, but most are news or other helpful articles we […]

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We regularly post links to news articles and other resources related to Elder Law and Special Needs Law. We focus on general news, health and healthcare news, special needs news, events, government sources, financial and retirement news and legal news. Some cited resources are for professionals, but most are news or other helpful articles we […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

In States where Medicaid disability determinations are performed by the Social Security Administration, the eligibility rules cannot be more restrictive than the SSI eligibility Rules. Section 1902(r)(2) [42 U.S.C. § 1396a] indicates a State’s Medicaid eligibility criteria can be no more restrictive than the SSI program. Specifically it states: (2) (A) The methodology to be employed […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

Medicare is a nationwide health insurance program for individuals aged 65 and over and certain disabled individuals. The basic Medicare benefit package (termed “original Medicare” in this report) provides broad protection against the costs of many health care services. However, Medicare beneficiaries may still have significant additional costs, including copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and the full […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

On December 8, 2003, the President signed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, P.L. 108-173. On November 22, 2003, the House of Representatives voted 220 to 215 to approve H.R. 1, the Medicare prescription drug and modernization conference agreement. The Senate voted 54 to 44 to approve the conference agreement on […]

elder law resources - ABLE Accounts - Additional Guidance - Trust Beneficiaries

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to give health insurance and preventive care to nearly 11 million, or 1 in 7, uninsured American children.  Many of these children came from uninsured working families that earned too much to be eligible for Medicaid. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the […]

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