Medicaid Book – Georgia

Medicaid matters to elders and individuals with special needs because it is the only government program providing substantial help paying for long-term care. Yes, some long-term care is paid for by Medicare, but only when there is a skilled need, and usually is limited to no more than 100 days. Although anyone accessing this website can view The Medicaid Book, it is primarily intended for attorneys and other professionals interested in understanding Medicaid. We have other pages on this website written in more general terms for non-attorneys. These materials are presently being written, updated and sections will be published as they become available. Once that is done, we will attempt to keep them as current as possible – but since you’re not paying for this service, we make no promises concerning the regularity of updates. If you have any questions, suggestions or corrections regarding the content, please refer them to




Medicaid’s “any circumstance” test for trusts

Medicaid’s “Any Circumstance” Test for Trusts In case you missed the memo, Medicaid doesn’t like trusts. The rules relating to trusts you create with your money or property are found at 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(d). To put this discussion in context, we’ll begin with the sections relevant to the “any circumstances” test, but the full […]


SNT Trustee Ordered to Reimburse Some Conservator Expenses

SNT Trustee Ordered to Reimburse Some Conservator Expenses In Weidner v. Stevenson (Cal. App. 2nd Dist. May 13, 2024), Roberta Davis established a special needs trust inside her living trust for her disabled adult son, Daniel. Daniel was under a conservatorship. Daniel’s aunt, Charlyne, was the successor trustee of the trust after Roberta’s death, while […]


SNT Payback Provision Enforced

In Agency for Health Care Administration v. Spence (Fla. App. 3rd Dist May 22, 2024) the Court of Appeals reversed a probate court order authorizing distributions from a special needs trust without first reimbursing the Medicaid agency. Ryan Spence was a disabled child adopted by Kathleen Spence. After Spence was killed, a settlement agreement allocated […]


Long-Term Care Partnership Policies

Long-Term Care Partnership Policies One example of good planning is purchasing long-term care insurance. The greatest risk to non-taxable estates (those under $12.9 million) is the cost of long-term care. With long-term care insurance, you can shift that risk to an insurance company. A partnership policy is a special long-term care insurance policy that protects […]

Superior Court Review of Georgia ALJ Decision

In ____ v. Brock, Judge Schwall, Fulton County Superior Court), affirmed an administrative law judge’s Final Decision as supported by the administrative record. Here, the most interesting portion is the language discussing how a Superior Court reviews the appeal of an ALJ decision. The case began when DHS found suspicious transactions on a food stamp […]

Home purchased after nursing home admission was not an exempt homeplace

In a Texas case decided on May 3, 2024, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and trial court, siding with the Medicaid agency on whether a home purchased after admission to a nursing home was exempt. Clyde and Dorothy Burt sold their home to their daughter and moved into a rental property. […]

Preliminary injunction granted barring state from terminating QI Medicaid

In Parker v. Louisiana Department of Health (April 30, 2024), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a motion for preliminary injunction prohibiting the State from terminating a grandmother’s QI Medicaid based on the State’s determination of family size. The Plaintiff, a 71 year old widow who was raising her grandchild, […]

SSI Decisions finding no penalty where beneficiary over 65 funds a pooled trust sub-account

The federal Medicaid statute authorizes the use of individual self-settled special needs trusts for individuals under the age of 65. See 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(d)(4)(A). It also authorizes any applicant, regardless of age, to establish a self-settled pooled special needs trust sub-account. 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(d)(4)(C). An open question not addressed in (d)(4)(C) is whether […]

Example of Georgia Medicaid Lien Inquiry

If someone is receiving Medicaid and was injured through the negligence of others, Medicaid asserts a third-party claim against any recovery, whether by settlement or verdict. This is sometimes known as a Medicaid lien. The form shown below is one currently used by Georgia Medicaid when investigating whether a third-party claim exists.

Updated Georgia Penalty Divisor Effective April 1, 2024

Effective April 1, 2024, the statewide averaged nursing facility private pay rate used in determining the penalty period for institutionalized individuals (nursing facility and home and community-based waiver programs) who transfer assets for less than the fair market value will increase from $9,584.00 to $10,025.00.

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