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Certain Gifts Not Penalized for Medicaid Eligibility

Monday, 11 February 2019 15:16

CalendarIt’s almost common knowledge that Medicaid imposes a “five-year lookback” to identify gifts made by a Medicaid applicant.  In most circumstances, if an individual who is applying for Medicaid has given away their assets within the last five years, Medicaid will penalize that individual, even if they are currently out of funds, by not paying the nursing home for a period of months determined by the size of the gift.  (Generally speaking, for every $6,570 given away, Medicaid will impose a one-month penalty.)

But there are a number of permissible gifts incorporated into the Medicaid Act – some more well-known than others – which allow an individual seeking Medicaid to transfer assets out of their name without penalty.

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Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Monday, 04 February 2019 11:10

Boy BusQuite a few of my clients have come to me for help when their child’s school day is made shorter than their typical peers.  Sometimes, it is a matter of a bussing situation where the kids in special ed are on a bus that leaves 10 or 20 minutes before their typical peers.  Other times, schools are sending their kids home, day after day, because they can’t control the child’s behaviors.  Parents want to know, can the school do that?? 

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Attorney John Harrison, Shareholder

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:47

JRH webEver since I was a small child, I’ve had an urge to advocate for other people.  It’s not been an easy road – it’s not always popular to stick up for someone, especially if they are disadvantaged.  But it has been immeasurably worthwhile, and I feel like, for the first time, I’ve really been rewarded in my work life. 

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Cost of Living Increase Impacts Medicaid Income Eligibility

Friday, 04 January 2019 00:00

moneyOn January 1, 2019, the Social Security Administration adjusted benefits upward by 2.8 percent.  The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries.  Increased payments to more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries brings the maximum monthly benefit from $750 per month in 2018 to $771 per month in 2019.  For individuals who need nursing home care or long-term care in the community and are seeking Medicaid, this means that

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