A third party trust is created with funds from a family member or other person for the benefit of a Medicaid nursing home applicant or the needs of a disabled individual.
At Weaver Firm Attorneys, we understand the fear, anxiety, and grief around a decision to move a loved one to a nursing home. Add to that the astounding cost--around $6,000 per month in Texas.
Where to Begin With Medicaid Approval for Nursing Home Care
Your health care needs will increase as you age. That is a given. With this increase, your health care bills will also increase. That is a given. Some people turn to Medicaid for financial assistance. Approval for Medicaid financial assistance is not such a given.
What is Medicaid? Medicaid is a government program managed by states to help with medical and long-term care costs. It is needs-based, meaning individuals must qualify financially for eligibility.
In order to prevent individuals from merely making transfers of their property, either outright or in trust, to qualify for Medicaid, there is a penalty period imposed on transfers made within five years of applying for Medicaid.
If an individual establishes a third party trust using some of his or her own funds, where the individual is the sole beneficiary or one beneficiary in a pool of beneficiaries, the trust may be considered a resource for Medicaid purposes. This is particularly true if the trust can be revoked — a revocable trust– and the assets can be pulled back into the name of the Medicaid applicant, she said.
How Does a Third Party Trust Impact Medicaid Approval? If the trust is created by a third party, with third party funds, for the benefit of the Medicaid applicant, then the answer would depend on the specific terms of the trust and whether or not the settlor — the person who created the trust — is the spouse of the Medicaid applicant.
That’s because income and asset limitations are imposed on the community spouse in order for the applicant spouse to qualify for Medicaid. The state may also have the right of recovery against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient for Medicaid benefits paid to such individual during his or her lifetime. Always use a ladybird deed or a transfer on death deed for real property.
Schedule a phone, zoom, or in person meeting with Travis Weaver, attorney, to answer your questions about a Miller Trust or Medicaid-paid nursing home care. Call 817-638-2022 to schedule your appointment.
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