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NJ Medicaid increases Penalty Divisor


Today, New Jersey Medicaid increased the penalty divisor for applicants who make gifts.  This is a very good thing for people who need Medicaid to pay for long term care. If you apply for Medicaid to pay for long term care (in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with … Continue reading


Medicaid to Pay for Long Term Care in Nursing Home, Assisted Living, or Home


Medicaid can pay for long term in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or at home with aides, but with long term care costing thousands of dollars each month, long term care could easily wipe out your life savings unless you plan effectively.  In  “What-should-you do-now-to-protect-against-nursing-home-costs?” [April 26, 2017 SpecialNeedsNJ.com/blog] … Continue reading


What should you do now to protect against nursing home costs?


People occasionally ask me: What should we do now to protect ourselves against nursing home costs and other long term care costs? My answer is, it depends entirely on your circumstances right now. If your spouse had a stroke and is already in a nursing home, then you should strongly … Continue reading


Don’t Lose Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), or Medicaid If You Marry


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) are monthly payments to an individual who is disabled per Social Security definition.  Medicaid can cover health care for people who meet the Social Security definition of disabled and in some cases developmental disabilities housing as well.   Although the actual … Continue reading


Why your special needs trust should be drafted by a special needs lawyer


Special needs trusts (also called supplemental needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, and SNTs) are used to set aside money for a disabled person to supplement rather than supplant government disability programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI). Many attorneys create special needs trusts, but not all lawyers … Continue reading


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