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Medicaid planning is a term used for getting assistance with the qualification for Medicaid benefits to pay for long term care. It focuses on assistance through the complex application process and it may include protecting assets for the individual if feasible.
Often times families may not look into Medicaid planning because they have heard many of the myths of Medicaid. Medicaid qualification does have certain asset and income requirements. An individual is allowed to engage in planning options in order to meet the requirements and have assistance in paying for their long term care. Planning options may include protecting assets or utilizing a spend-down. Gifting can have an impact on the Medicaid application. It is important to work with someone who will explain all of the options to the individual and their family. An individual who is receiving assistance NEVER receives a differing quality of care.
Medicaid assistance is available for:
Medicaid planning often allows an individual to protect assets as part of the process. Asset protection in Medicaid planning means that you will be able to continue to pay for items to assist you rather than leaving that burden to your children or other loved ones. It also can assist a community spouse with their needs for their lifetime.
The application process is not always easy. Guidance is needed to navigate the maze. The rules of Medicaid are based on Federal and state law. Likely, you will need an advocate to be there for you.
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Veterans pension planning is a term used for getting assistance with the qualification for Veteran benefits to pay for long term care. It focuses on ensuring that a Wartime Veteran or a Spouse of a deceased Wartime Veteran can qualify for the basic Veterans pension and possibly additional allowances for Aid and Attendance or Housebound.
The VA Pension is a wonderful alternative to Medicaid or can sometimes be used in conjunction with Medicaid planning. It can provide additional tax-free monthly income to a Wartime Veteran or a Spouse of a deceased Wartime Veteran to be used to pay for medical expenses related to needing assistance with activities of daily living. For 2020, a Wartime Veteran's pension (without dependents) can range from $1,146 to $1,911 a month. A Spouse of a deceased Wartime Veteran (without dependents) could receive $768 to $1,228 a month in 2020. This additional income can be used for paying for a variety of options including private pay:
The VA Pension is available for those 65 years and older or those with a non-service related disability. To qualify one must meet some basic requirements including:
Along with meeting the basic requirements listed above, a Wartime Veteran or a Spouse of a deceased Wartime Veteran must meet certain Income and Net Worth requirements to qualify. In 2020, the Net Worth limitation is $129,094.00. If certain transfers were made in a 36-month window, there may be a penalty imposed. However, many strategies may be employed to help qualify for the VA pension benefit.
I can assist you and your family with the following services:
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