In Merritt v. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Case No. CA2021-04-044 (12/27/2021), Jerome Merrit applied for Ohio nursing home Medicaid. His son, Glenn Merritt, arranged for Jerome’s admission to Heritagespring of West Cherster, using his healthcare and general power of attorney. The nursing home applied for Medicaid, but told Glenn that Jerome must […]

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The following notices are routinely included with other correspondence from Tenncare. Below are Tenncare’s notices regarding: (1) Estate Recovery, (2) Qualified Income Trusts, and (3) Reporting changes to Tenncare.

Annuity; Transfer Penalty for Failing to Name State as Beneficiary. Petitioner, a 95 year old nursing home resident, applied for Medicaid on December 15, 2008. DFCS denied eligibility and imposed a transfer of resources penalty because she had purchased an annuity without naming the State of Georgia as a beneficiary. The annuity was irrevocable and […]

No QIT, No Medicaid if Income Exceeds Cap, Part 2. Petitioner entered a nursing home in June 2008 and filed an application for Medicaid. DFCS did not receive or act on the application until July 22, 2008. As a result of inaction, Petitioner did not know that a QIT was needed because income exceeded the […]

No QIT means No Medicaid If Income Exceeds Cap. Petitioner entered the nursing home in July 2007 and applied for Medicaid in August 2007. No one told Petitioner a qualified income trust was needed. A denial was sent in October and Petitioner reapplied in November 2007, establishing the QIT by December 17, 2007. Eligibility was denied for […]

DFCS directed to determine eligibility where application was pending for over one year. Petitioner filed an application for Medicaid on May 22, 2007. On June 18, 2007, a verification package was given to Petitioner’s daughter. On July 1, 2007, the application was denied for failure to provide verification. On July 25, 2007, Petitioner requested a […]

Ignorance of QIT Requirement Does Not Excuse Failure to Comply. Nursing home resident’s son assisted with her October 25, 2007 Medicaid application. At the intake interview on November 7, 2007, he disclosed that he opened a QIT with $50. He did not fund it further by transferring her excess income into the trust until that […]

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 […]

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