Lessons from Making Bread

Solving problems for our clients is stressful work for all involved.  It is stressful for our elderly who need care.  It is stressful for their spouses.  It is stressful for adult children caring for their parents.  It is stressful for parents taking care of their loved ones with special needs.  Often, the system seems too […]

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Care Advocacy Services: A Case Study

Donald and Shirley engaged Hickman & Lowder to draft their estate plan with special needs considerations in the early 1990s.  At that time, their daughter, Angela, who has a developmental disability, was living with them and receiving minimal benefits from the government.  Donald and Shirley put a trust in place to provide for Angela after […]

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Myths of Medicaid

In this video blog, Attorney David Banas discusses the myths of Medicaid.  Click here to view. Today we’re going to talk about unraveling some of the myths and misconceptions about Medicaid–some of things that give our prospective clients so much anxiety if they’re facing the issue of putting a spouse into a nursing home and […]

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Certain gifts not subject to Medicaid five-year rule

Certain Gifts Not Penalized for Medicaid Eligibility

It’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 […]

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Cost of Living Increase Impacts Medicaid Income Eligibility

Cost of Living Increase Impacts Medicaid Income Eligibility

On 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 […]

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Preserving Assets While Applying for Medicaid

Preserving Assets While Applying for Medicaid

There is a misconception that one should plan on applying for Medicaid only after all the money has been spent on care. Most nursing facilities aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you all of the ways you can actively plan to preserve assets while applying for Medicaid. But there are a […]

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Mishandled Medicaid applications can cause bills and headaches

Medicaid Applications: Pitfalls to Avoid

For many families, placing a loved one in a nursing home is a traumatic and unwelcomed event.  In so many cases, the adult children of elderly parents are signing admission agreements to nursing homes that have a personal guarantee of payment – that if the nursing home doesn’t get paid, the adult child will be […]

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