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Florida’s New Personal Needs Allowance


Recently, Florida increased the personal Medicaid needs and allowances for Institutional Care. Initially, the payment was $105.00 per month. After the increase, the total allowance became $130.00 per month. The increment meant that individuals will be receiving more updated institutional care and Medicaid benefits.


The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

Over the years, many people have incorrectly used the terms Medicare and Medicaid interchangeably to the point where there is a lot of confusion among the public. Medicare and Medicaid are two completely different public health insurance options, and it is important to understand their basic differences if you intend to use each service properly.


Will Medicaid have a Claim on a Family Members Interest in my House?

When a Medicaid recipient who was living in an assisted living facility that was partially or wholly paid for be Medicaid passes away, Medicaid will do what is known as an estate recovery. Under state and federal laws, Medicaid is allowed to liquidate portions of the deceased’s estate to recover as much of the costs of long-term care as possible. Under some circumstances this would include the home of the deceased if the deceased had a financial interest in the home. But there are instances where Medicaid cannot liquidate a home to recover costs.


Exempt Assets in Sanibel Medicaid Planning

Medicaid planning is a very important part of the elder law process. If you do not prepare for Medicaid properly, you could wind up losing assets that are very important to you and your family. Luckily, there are assets that are already exempt from Medicaid which you and your family are allowed to keep, even after the Medicaid recipient has passed away.


Exempt Assets in Naples Medicaid Planning

Florida Medicaid laws regarding exemptions is over 50 pages long and contains complex guidelines governing a wide variety of assets. For senior residents of Naples, Medicaid planning is vital to ensuring most, if not all, their medical treatments and nursing home care are paid for without being forced to give up assets.

Examples of Medicaid exemptions include:


Exempt Assets in Fort Myers Medicaid Planning

When Fort Myers residents apply for Medicaid, there are a lot of rules they have to become familiar with. Many of these rules are critically important as they involve the protection or use of the applicant’s assets to pay for assisted living and long-term medical costs. While there is an imposing list of assets that are subject to Medicaid’s authority, there are also assets that remain exempt. It is important for Fort Myers residents to know which assets are exempt from Medicaid and any special rules attached to those assets.


Can Florida use my Social Security to Repay my Spouse’s Medicaid Coverage

When a couple applies for Medicaid benefits for only one spouse, the other spouse might wonder if their personal income and assets are in jeopardy as well. For example, a spouse who remains in the couple’s home might wonder if Florida’s Medicaid system might go after the remaining spouse’s Social Security income to pay for the other spouse’s assisted living arrangements.


Protect Your Parent’s House from Being Sold to Pay Back Medicaid

When parents who were in an assisted living facility being paid for in part or in whole by Medicaid passes on, Medicaid may try to do what is called an estate recovery. Unless you and your parents take preventative measures before signing up for Medicaid, then you will find that Medicaid may have the right to seize all of your parent’s assets and liquidate them to pay for the costs of their care. Unless you do something to prevent it, this recovery of assets will include your parent’s house. But there is something you can do.


What Happens with Medicaid if Your Parents Move to a Different State?

After living in an assisted living facility for several years, it has been determined that your parents need special medical attention that can only be found in a facility in a neighboring state. You have always heard that Medicaid is a federally funded program, so you figure that it would be no problem moving your parents to a different state. It is not until you actually start the process that you realize what you are up against.



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