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    How Do Gifts Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

    We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your eligibility. 

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    Do You Need a Trust?: Estate Planning Q&A

    Trusts are legal arrangements used in estate planning, alongside wills and advance directives.

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    The Attorney’s Role in Peace of Mind Medicaid Planning

    Do you need an attorney for even “simple” Medicaid planning? This depends on your situation, but in most cases, the prudent answer would be “yes.” 

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    Should You Prepare a Medicaid Application Yourself?

    Whether you should prepare and file a Medicaid application by yourself or should hire help depends on answers to the following questions:

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    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

    In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater.

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    Medicare’s Limited Nursing Home Coverage

    Many people believe that Medicare covers nursing home stays. In fact Medicare’s coverage of nursing home care is quite limited.

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    Medicaid’s Home Care Waivers Can Help You Avoid a Nursing Home, But the Line May Be Long

    The federal government can grant “waivers” to states allowing them to expand Medicaid to include home and community-based services. The downside is that states can limit home care and the wait can be long.  

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    How You Can End Up in Medicare’s Donut Hole, and How You Get Out

    Medicare prescription drug plans can have a coverage gap—called the “donut hole”–which limits how much Medicare will pay for your drugs until you pay a certain amount out of pocket.

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