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The importance of strategic Medicaid planning

Strategic Medicaid Planning with an Elder Law Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

The United States Medicaid program provides health insurance to low-income individuals and families. However, because of the steep costs associated with long-term care, strategic Medicaid planning is a growing trend for individuals with higher net worth as an alternative to spending down assets to qualify for benefits. Individuals can plan to meet eligibility requirements… Read More »

What to know about a Medicaid-Compliant Annuity

Medicaid-Compliant Annuity (MCA) for Married Couples

By Andre O. McDonald |

An annuity is a financial product that pays a fixed amount of money every year, generally for the rest of the annuity owner’s life. Most annuities are deferred, meaning the payout doesn’t occur until a later date. However, you can receive immediate payouts if you purchase a Medicaid-Compliant Annuity (MCA). When you buy a… Read More »

Qualifying for Medicaid: What you should know now to prepare for later

Qualifying for Medicaid: A Five Year Look-Back Without Penalties

By Andre O. McDonald |

Nearly everyone will need long-term care at some point in their lives, so planning is vital. While we cannot predict the timing or level of care, we can take steps to prepare for an unexpected medical and financial crisis to help reduce the stress on ourselves and our family members. The cost of care… Read More »

The importance of Medicaid Planning in protecting your home

Medicaid Planning Protects Your Home from Rising Health Care Costs and Capital Gains

By Andre O. McDonald |

Your most valuable property may be your home, which is true for many people. You want your children to inherit that value when you pass. However, you are also concerned about planning for the future, declining health, and the potential need for expensive long-term care. You have heard that Medicaid can pay for that,… Read More »

Options for how to afford paying for long-term care

Paying for Long-Term Care

By Andre O. McDonald |

According to findings, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cites that almost seventy percent of retirees in America will need some long-term care (LTC), with median annual costs for these services ranging from $53,768 to $105,850 in 2020, according to research from Genworth. HHS also reports that those who receive Medicaid-financed… Read More »

Determining Medicad Eligibility for nursing home based on level of care

Medicaid Eligibility for Nursing Home Level of Care

By Andre O. McDonald |

Think again if you thought Medicaid planning only included meeting strict income and asset limits for long-term care coverage. You will also need to demonstrate you need the level of care typically provided in a nursing home setting. These health eligibility rules are valid if you apply for nursing home coverage or a Medicaid… Read More »

What is Medicaid Crisis Planning, and do I need it?

When is Medicaid Crisis Planning Appropriate?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program available to individuals who meet certain asset requirements that help them pay for long-term care (LTC) costs. Long-term care often creates devastating financial impacts on Americans, particularly the elderly, and for those family members who lose hours of income (and more) while providing care for their… Read More »

FAQ: Will Medicaid take my house if I can't afford to pay for a nursing home?

Will Medicaid take my house if I can’t afford to pay for a nursing home?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Home ownership is the American Dream. People work hard all their lives to own a home, and it is often their most valuable and significant possession. So, when your health begins to fail and the need for long-term care arises, we often get this fear-filled question from our clients: will Medicaid take my house… Read More »

What you need to know about hybrid long term care insurance policies

Benefits of a Hybrid Long Term Care Insurance Policy

By Andre O. McDonald |

You have probably heard about the astronomical costs of nursing-home care if you become seriously ill or injured. You might also know that Medicare would cover only a minimal amount of those costs. Private insurance doesn’t seem like a good bet either, if you’ve heard horror stories about skyrocketing premium costs and difficulties in… Read More »

Can adult children be held responsible for their parents' nursing home bills?

Can adult children be held responsible for parents’ nursing home bills?

By Andre O. McDonald |

The astronomical expense of long-term nursing care is no longer news. Costs can run around $7,000.00 or more per month, depending on location. Hundreds of thousands of people presently need that kind of care and the numbers are rising. Ten thousand “baby boomers” a day turn 65, and it’s projected that seven of ten… Read More »

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