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On November 17, 2023, Georgia issued Manual Transmittal 71, updating its Medicaid Manual, making technical changes to the following sections. The following sections were updated: 2054 – Emergency Medical Assistance 2060 – ABD Medicaid Application Processing 2101 – ABD Medicaid Classes of Assistance Overview 2111 – SSI Medicaid 2135 – Hospice Medicaid 2143 – QMB […]

For many years, Genworth has produced a Cost of Care Survey tracking the cost of long-term care in America. According to the survey, the projected national monthly median costs will be as follows: Homemaker Services: $5,417 Home Health Aide: $5,625 Adult Day Health Care: $1,847 Assisted Living  Facility: $4,917 Nursing Home Semi-Private Room: $8,641 Nursing […]

On November 14, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the 2024 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. The SSI rate for 2024, which was previously announced by the Social Security Administration, will rise to $943. The Medicaid Income Cap will rise to $2,829. The minimum MMMNA will be $2,465 and the maximum MMMNA […]

Effective January 1, 2024, the federal Supplemental Security Income payment amount will increase by 3.2 percent. The amounts paid to individuals and couples are below: Recipient Unrounded annual amounts for— Monthly amounts for 2024 2023 2024 a Eligible individual $10,970.44 $11,321.49 $943 Eligible couple 16,453.84 16,980.36 1,415 Essential person 5,497.80 5,673.73 472 Impact on Medicaid This […]

Am I Eligible for Medicaid? Recently we were asked about the following fact pattern. Parent had multiple properties in different counties. More than 60 months ago, parent gave these properties to children reserving a life estate. The question, initially, was whether parent is eligible for nursing home Medicaid. The follow-up question was whether the property […]

Georgia Adult Protective Services Authority for Adult Protective Services is found at O.C.G.A. § 30-5-1 et seq. The stated purpose of the Act ” is to provide protective services for abused, neglected, or exploited disabled adults and elder persons. It is not the purpose of this chapter to place restrictions upon the personal liberty of […]

Harves V. Rusyniak In Harves v. Rusyniak, 23A-PL-671 (9/26/2023), the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) missed a step in finding that a trust rendered Natalie Harves ineligible for Medicaid. Harnes and her children signed a number of documents in January 2019 when she was 91 years old. […]

What Constitutes a Valid Will? In Michigan, a jury found that a handwritten document by Aretha Franklin, found in her couch, was a valid Will. Apparently, a notebook containing documents with scribbles and hard-to-read passages emerged in 2019 after a niece scoured the home for records. It was signed by Aretha Franklin with a smiley […]

On October 12, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2024 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs, and the 2024 Medicare Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $174.70 for 2024, an increase […]

In White v. Stanley (Georgia Ct. App. 10/3/2023), Rhonda White appealed a jury verdict  in favor of the defendants relating to a motor vehicle collision. White argued that the trial court gave an improper jury instruction regarding the Preponderance-of-the-Evidence Standard. The trial court instructed the jury using the existing pattern jury instructions. However, the law […]

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