If you are going to qualify for Medicare when you reach the age of 65, and you will have resources when you retire, you may never consider the relevance of Medi-Cal. After all, this is a government health insurance program for financially needy individuals and families.This line of thinking is understandable, but Medi-Cal may in fact be quite important, because this program will pay for long-term care. Since Medicare is a health insurance program that is designed to address the health care … [Read more...] about Medi-Cal Updates Key Figures for 2020
by Justin M. Kennedy, Attorney at LawLitherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at LawRecently I met with Dorothy and her only daughter Linda. Dorothy was recently hospitalized and may require skilled nursing care in the near future and they were concerned with how they would pay for that level of care. Our office has found that in Santa Clara County a skilled nursing facility costs approximately $8,000 to $16,000 a month. Dorothy has a family home valued at $1,200,000 but $100,000 … [Read more...] about Medi-Cal Planning and the Family Home
Elder care attorneys counsel people who are making preparations for their senior years. There are various different elder law issues on the table at the present time, and long-term care costs are at the top of the list.To read this report on elder care questions, follow this link: What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Care Attorney? … [Read more...] about What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Care Attorney?
Division of Assets is the name commonly used for the Spousal Impoverishment provisions of the Medicare Catastrophic Act of 1988. It applies only to married couples. The intent of the law was to change the eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal in situations where one spouse needs nursing home care while the other spouse remains in the community (i.e. at home or in an assisted living facility). The law, in effect, recognizes that it makes little sense to impoverish both spouses when only one needs … [Read more...] about What is Division of Assets? (An Elder Law Today Blog)
By: Matthew M. Shafae, AttorneyLitherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at LawThe future of Medi-Cal eligibility has been the subject of speculation for a little over a decade now. Will the California implementation of the federal Medicaid system, known as Medi-Cal, finally implement federal laws enacted back in 2005? And now, with a Republican president-elect and a Congress with a Republican majority in both houses, it appears Medicaid funding may be an additional topic for … [Read more...] about Limits to Medi-Cal Recovery (An Elder Law Today Blog)
By: Justin M. Kennedy, AttorneyLitherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at LawWhile at an estate planning conference in November, one of the speakers discussed a planning strategy that may benefit many married couples. The planning strategy involves adding Advanced Medi-Cal Triggers to a married couple’s estate plan, specifically a Spousal Election to the Living Trust and testamentary special needs trust language within the Pour-Over-Will. For a married couple, upon the first death, … [Read more...] about Advanced Medi-Cal Triggers – Spousal Election
Elder law attorneys assist individuals and families in developing estate plans to avoid depleting their assets should they become ill and need long term care. For those individuals who are already in a nursing home, elder law attorneys help them qualify for Medi-Cal benefits while maximizing the amount of money they are able to keep.Here is an example of a family my office was able to assist:Planning for someone to take residence in a skilled nursing home and being able to qualify them … [Read more...] about Successful Planning (An Elder Law Today Blog)
You have likely heard mention of the Medicaid program, which is a joint federal-state program that is ostensibly in place to provide access to health care to those who cannot afford it.In California, this program is called Medi-Cal. It assists people with little to no financial resources, but it is also the government program that is utilized by many seniors to pay for long-term care because Medicare will not pay for it.Medi-Cal is not just for seniors who have been struggling financially … [Read more...] about FREE REPORT – A Family Guide on Medicaid/Medi-Cal Planning: What it is, How it Works, and Why You Need a Plan
Can I Take Back Assets in Medi-cal Trust? from Roy W. LitherlandAs a result, many seniors who were never financially needy seek Medi-Cal eligibility. Learn more about Assets in Medi-cal Trust in this presentation. … [Read more...] about Can I Take Back Assets in Medi-cal Trust?