Faced with a need for home care or for nursing home care, many New Yorkers incorrectly assume that they have no option except to “spend down” their life’s savings and their income before they are entitled to Medicaid benefits.
Fortunately, with proper planning, you can qualify for valuable benefits and hold onto all or at least a substantial portion of your assets, life’s savings and income. If you need Home Care or Nursing Home Care and wish to apply for Medicaid Benefits, with proper legal advice, you will not be forced to spend down your income and your assets until you have practically nothing left. Obtain legal advice from a New York Elder Law attorneys at CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates to understand your options, and ask for a comprehensive Medicaid plan for you, to conserve your income and your savings. Our attorneys are not only trained in handling simple estate matters, we take care of complex Medicaid planning and estate litigation in the event of the need for Medicaid Planning in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Bronx, Westchester, Richmond County, Manhattan and Brooklyn Kings County New York.
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What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint federal, state and local program that provides a broad range of medical and health benefits, in home care and chronic care including long-term care for those who are permanently or chronically ill, injured or disabled. Medicaid should not be confused with Medicare, which is a Federal medical insurance program that covers acute medical problems and rehabilitation.
Who is eligible for Medicaid?
Medicaid applicants and recipients must satisfy strict eligibility requirements. Generally, individuals who are eligible for Medicaid have only a minimal amount of resources or income. Spousal income, assets and property are subject to the eligibility requirements for married couples.
Is it possible to protect your assets and income, and still be eligible for Medicaid benefits?
YES! With proper legal advice and comprehensive Medicaid Planning from a qualified Elder Law attorney, you or your family member or friend may be able to conserve your life’s savings and your income, and your home, for yourself and your Estate.
Without proper advice and planning, under the Medicaid eligibility guidelines, you or your family member or friend will not qualify for Medicaid home care benefits in New York unless:
- You deplete or spend down all but $14,550 of your life savings!
- You reduce the equity in your home or apartment to an amount under $814,000!
- You contribute all of your monthly income, except $829, to your Medicaid provider!
- Married couples are allowed $1,212 in income and resources of $21,450!
Eligibility requirements for Medicaid nursing home care are even more strict!
New York seniors, as well as the disabled of any age, and their families and friends, are rightly concerned about the medical and financial issues that accompany aging or disability. Absent comprehensive Medicaid planning, the current guidelines leave the elderly or disabled with very little money or property to pay for luxuries or necessities, or to make any provisions for their heirs. This is why it is so important to put together a proper Medicaid plan with an elder law attorney. Let the attorneys at the law offices of CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates show you how to protect your assets from Medicaid.
Preserving Your Life’s Savings
Because of the eligibility guidelines, and the complexity of public benefit programs, legal advice from a qualified Elder Law lawyer is a necessity if you and your family are concerned about preserving your life’s savings or conserving your income for yourself or your Estate. The New York Medicaid Planning attorneys at CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates can assist you with comprehensive in home Medicaid Planning and Chronic Care Nursing Home Medicaid Planning, all done with strict adherence to Federal, New York State and local laws.
Compassionate and Understanding
Each Medicaid Planning attorney at CHRISTINE THEA RUBINSTEIN and Associates is compassionate and understanding of you and your family’s needs. Our attorneys will explore all of the available options that may include a pooled income trust, special needs trust, supplemental needs trust, comprehensive gifting, loans, purchases of Medicaid qualified annuities, fixed annuities, promissory notes, caregiver agreements, funeral expenses, purchase and/or sale of life estates or remainder interests in a residence, return of gifts, establishment of trusts and other steps to allow you to qualify for Medicaid Assistance, combined with other strategies.
The New York Medicaid Planning lawyers at Castiglia-Rubinstein & Associates can advise you whether you are elderly, a senior citizen, or a permanently disabled person living in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Manhattan, Brooklyn Kings County, Queens, the Bronx, Richmond County Staten Island or Westchester. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss your Medicare Planning, Estate Planning, and Elder Care needs. 631-465-0444.
Medicaid is a public benefit program that is designed to meet people’s needs for care in circumstances of chronic illness or where long-term custodial care is required, either at home or in a nursing home.
Medicaid is available to qualified applicants for home care, or nursing home care, BUT there are STRICT eligibility guidelines in place for Medicaid applicants and recipients. See the chart below for the 2015 eligibility guidelines.
2015 Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility Guidelines
- A married or non-married person residing in a nursing home is permitted to have $50 per month as a personal needs allowance.
- A Medicaid applicant or recipient is allowed to retain $14,550 in assets (not counting the home and certain other exempt assets). New York City residents may also maintain a $1,500 burial account (in addition to a pre-paid funeral).
- The community spouse of someone in a nursing home is entitled to retain up to $2,931 of the couple’s monthly income without being required to make a contribution towards the cost of the nursing home.
- Where one spouse is in a nursing home, the community spouse has a maximum resource allowance of one-half of the couple’s assets up to $117,240. The minimum allowance is $74,820, or the couple’s total assets, whichever is less.
- A home, condo, or coop apartment is exempt for eligibility purposes for long term stay Nursing Home Medicaid, if the Medicaid applicant’s equity in the residence is less than $814,000. However, it is subject to a Medicaid lien for the amount of the benefits provided, and the lien will be satisfied when the home is no longer the permanent residence of the Medicaid recipient or his or her spouse. For in home Medicaid a home can’t be owned by the applicant.
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What you should do?
We believe the best solution is to bring together the family members, legal documents and financial information and analyze it in light of current Medicaid laws. Our Medicaid planning attorneys will then build a financial plan to maximize asset preservation in coordination with a long term care plan.
We are dedicated to your success — so contact us. Speak with one of our knowledgeable Long Island estate planning litigation attorneys, Medicaid planning attorneys today from wherever you are in New York in Nassau and Suffolk, Brooklyn, Kings and Queens Counties, on Long Island and all New York City boroughs including Bronx, Westchester, Richmond County, and Manhattan. Call 800-844-6734 today.
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