Planning for Life

How Can I Protect My House from MassHealth?

Posted by Rachel Sandler on August 14, 2013

By Jeffrey A. Bloom

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Topics: MassHealth planning, MassHealth, long-term care planning

MassHealth Programs are Available to Help with the Cost of Care at Home

Posted by Maggie Lorenzo on June 19, 2013

By Patricia C. D'Agostino

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Topics: MassHealth, special needs planning, MassHealth planning

Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on April 15, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: MassHealth planning

Unique Long-Term Care Planning - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on March 19, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: long-term care planning, MassHealth planning

Should You Prepare a MassHealth Application Yourself? - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on March 12, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: nursing homes, MassHealth planning

Nursing Home Enforces Doctrine of Necessaries -- Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on January 9, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: nursing homes, MassHealth planning

Maguire Decision Limits MassHealth Caretaker Child Exception

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 14, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: MassHealth, MassHealth planning

Why Medicaid Planning Isn't for Everybody - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on January 2, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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My new client was recently widowed.  She is healthy, living on her own in the house she shared with her husband for many decades.  She is comfortable financially with significant savings in addition to the home, but by no means wealthy.  Her four children all have families of their own and they and their spouses have good jobs, so they don't need her financial support.

I met with her and her son. They asked whether the mom should put her home, and perhaps some of her savings, into an irrevocable trust in order to protect them in the event she needs long-term care.  She also expressed her steadfast wish to stay at home.

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Topics: asset protection, long-term care planning, Estate Planning, MassHealth, MassHealth planning

Can I Get Help in Massachusetts with the Cost of Caring for My Parent at Home?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 27, 2011

By Patricia C. D’Agostino

The short answer to this question is, yes. In addition to providing assistance with the cost of nursing home care, MassHealth provides some assistance with the cost of care at home or otherwise referred to as "in the community." However, the assistance is supplemental as opposed to the comprehensive coverage for nursing home care and there are a variety of different programs available, so you will need to the choose the one that best fits your parents’ needs. A few of the programs available are the Personal Care Attendant, Adult Foster Care, and Community Choices.

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Topics: MassHealth, special needs planning, MassHealth planning

Should You Have to Spend Down for MassHealth Coverage?

Posted by Jamie Marshall on April 25, 2011

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By Harry S. Margolis

We recently received this question from one of our readers:

Since when does a nursing home require that all assets be given to them, including life insurance policies before going on MassHealth? Why should they get every penny while the person is alive and after they die too?

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Topics: MassHealth, MassHealth planning, long-term care planning

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