No penalty may be assessed where resources are transferred directly to a disabled child. A nursing home resident transferred approximately $24,000 to a disabled child. DFCS imposed a transfer penalty because the funds were transferred directly to the child instead of to a trust for the child. The caseworker’s decision was reversed because 42 U.S.C. 1396p(c)(2)(B)(iii) […]

Hire a Lawyer. An unrepresented nursing home resident applied for Medicaid on December 21, 2007. A 981 was issued after an intake interview on December 27, 2007. However, the 981 erroneously omitted a request for documentation regarding retirement income and social security benefits. The caseworker realized her error on  February 5, 2008 (3 days after […]

Community Spouse Resource Allowance administratively raised. Evidence was stipulated that the combined marital income of the couple did not result in post-eligibility income for the Community Spouse that equaled or exceeded the MMMNA. Therefore, the Community Spouse Monthly Income Allowance (CSMIA), 42 U.S.C. § 1396r-5(d)(1)(B), was inadequate to raise the Community Spouse’s post-eligibility income to the […]

Valuation; value of transferable promissory note. Petitioner filed a motion for summary determination and respondent failed to answer. The issue was whether petitioner’s resources exceeded $2,000 during the month in question. Approximately six years prior to the application, in 2002, Petitioner had loaned $66,000 under a promissory note that paid $15 of principal, no interest […]

Transfer of resources penalty affirmed. Nursing home resident applied for Medicaid in January 2008. During review, caseworkers discovered a home assessed at $90,351, was transferred to a close friend for $40,000 within the lookback period. Additionally, $10,000 was withdrawn from the resident’s account and several small checks and a vehicle were issued to the friend. […]

Treatment of retirement accounts. Section Section 2332 indicates that an applicant must apply for periodic benefits, but does not indicate whether the individual must take a minimum distribution from “each” account or whether the individual can aggregate the retirement accounts for purposes of determining whether a sufficient minimum distribution was taken. The ALJ looked to 26 C.F.R. § […]

Resource limit firm; debt not a factor. Petitioner’s application for benefits was denied twice because the Petitioner’s agent was unable to secure information requested by the caseworker. Petitioner’s agent was not able to gain control over the resources until a conservatorship was approved in February, 2008. As of March 1, 2008, Petitioner had $23,453.89 in […]

In M.K. v. Division of Medical Assistance, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (2016), the Division imposed a period of ineligibility for benefits because she transferred ownership of her home to her daughter, J.K., for less than fair-market value within sixty months of entering a nursing home facility (the look-back period). The applicant argued […]

An applicant filed three Medicaid applications from February 7 through November 26, and all of them were denied for failure to submit necessary financial verification. A fair hearing was conducted on November 26, 2018 where the ALJ gave the applicant additional time to supply verification. Once that verification was supplied, on May 14, 2019, the […]

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