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

July 18, 2011 Paul A. Kryglik, Director Office of Regulations Social Security Administration 6401 Security Blvd Baltimore, MD 21235 Re: Program Operations Manual System SI 1120.220, cash loans Dear Director Kryglik: I am requesting a ruling from your office on an issue involving Program Operations Manual System (POMS) SI 1120.220, cash loans, with respect to […]

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

On May 4, 2023, the Department of Community Health announced the new state-wide average nursing facility private pay rate increased from $9,034.00 to $9,584.00. This rate is the divisor when calculating the length of a transfer penalty when resources or income are transferred for less than fair market value.

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

When applying for Medicaid, the nursing home spouse (called the Institutionalized Spouse) is often a joint owner (or sole owner) on checking, savings and other acounts. Should those resource be taken out of the name of the Institutionalized Spouse? The answer is generally “yes,” but it requires some context and some qualifications. The context and […]

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

In the Matter of the Medical Assistance Pooled Special Needs Trust of Scott Hewitt (Iowa 2023), the State Medicaid agency had a contigent interest in the trust remainder due to the payback requirement in 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(d)(4)(C). However, after the beneficiary died, the master trust informed the Department that it would retain the remainder, […]

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

One of the most fundamental, but often overlooked issues when planning for – or evaluating – Medicaid eligibility is this: Medicaid does not alter property rights, contract rights or other legal rights with value. Medicaid simply measures those rights to determine whether they cause an applicant to be eligible or ineligible. In other words, if […]

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

Each year, most Medicaid eligibility limits are adjusted for inflation. The 2023 Georgia Medicaid income and resource limits are: SSI Medicaid: Income: $914 per month, Countable Resources: $2,000 QMB Medicaid: Income: $1,235 (100% FPL + $20), Countable Resources: $9,090 SLMB Medicaid: Income: $1,478 (120% FPL +$20), Countable Resources: $9,090 CCSP/EDWP/Nursing Home Income Cap: $2,742; Applicant […]

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

As of this writing, the following pooled trusts are authorized by the Department of Community Health to provide trust services in Georgia: Georgia Community/Trust/Bobby Dodd Institute Anita Gardner Decatur, GA 404.809.2914 Anchor For Special Needs, Inc. Annie Warner Cincinnati, OH 844.526.2467 Advocates and Guardians for the Elderly & Disabled (AGED) Thad A. Joseph Longwood, FL 888-277-1826 The Center […]

ABLE Accounts

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

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S. 313/H.R.647) was introduced in the 113th Congress by a bipartisan group of Congressional Champions that included Sens. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Pete Sessions (R-TX). The ABLE […]

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

The Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment allowances are updated annually. Below are some of the annual allowance figures we’ve saved. The most current figures are usually posted here. 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 1998 – 2011

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

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2023 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. Among the highlights are the following: Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $148,620 Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,715.50 Income Cap: $2,742 (used to deterine whether a QIT is needed) Individual SSI rate: $914

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