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Patricia C. D'Agostino

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MassHealth Imposing Asset Limit on Community Spouse of Frail Elder Waiver Applicants in Fall 2016

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on July 18, 2016

We anticipate a significant change coming this fall for married elders seeking eligibility for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver in Massachusetts.  The Commonwealth is very likely to begin imposing an asset limit of $119,220 for the community spouse of HCBS waivers.  There is currently no asset limit for the community spouse of applicants for the HCBS waiver.  This will apply to new HCBS applicants and HCBS waiver applicants who started receiving benefits beginning January 1, 2014. 

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Topics: MassHealth

EXPANDED ESTATE RECOVERY – We Need Your Help By 4/7/16!

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on March 31, 2016

CALL TO ACTION:  This is a call to action to our clients and readers who own their homes jointly with their spouses or with another individual and those who have created life estate deeds.

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Topics: MassHealth, Estate Planning

VA Benefits for Home Care to be Restricted: Comment on Proposal Now.

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on March 16, 2015

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Topics: MassHealth

The MassHealth PCA Program Can Pay Children to Care for Parents

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on March 2, 2015

By Patricia C. D'Agostino

Adult children of seniors who need care at home can be caught in a difficult bind—wanting to provide the kind of substantial hands-on assistance that will permit a parent to remain at home instead of moving to a long-term care facility, but finding themselves unable to do so given their own financial need to work and the demands of their jobs.  The MassHealth Personal Care Attendant (“PCA”) program can offer a solution for many families who find themselves in this situation.  The PCA program can provide a person with approximately $13 per hour to pay a caregiver (including a child or other family member, so long as they are not the parent’s legal guardian or spouse).  

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Topics: Massachusetts, MassHealth

How Has the Affordable Care Act Changed Eligibility for MassHealth

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on September 26, 2014

For those residing in nursing homes or over age 65, the MassHealth eligibility rules have not been changed by the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). However, it has created major differences for individuals who are disabled and under 65.

For disabled individuals under 65, there is still no asset limit for purposes of determining MassHealth eligibility. Income eligibility, however, is now based on a calculation known as Modified Adjusted Gross Income or MAGI. Some of the benefits are as follows:

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

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