New details have emerged about New Jersey Medicaid’s shift to Miller trusts.
The state has indicated the Miller trust program will begin on November 1, 2014. People who use Miller trusts will reportedly be eligible for Medicaid in the month after the trust formation. So folks who qualify for Medicaid through a Miller trust created in October would be eligible in November.
The state will reportedly launch a website in October with more information on Miller trusts.
Although New Jersey is expected to end its Medically Needy program for institutional-level applicants, the state indicated it has received approval from the federal government to grandfather in all current Medically Needy beneficiaries. In other words, if you currently receive Medically Needy assistance in a nursing home, you would not need to do anything.
As we covered in previous blog posts, a Miller trust is a legal instrument that allows people with income higher than Medicaid limits (currently $2,163) to qualify for assistance. Currently, these folks can only qualify for the Medically Needy program, which pays for long term care only in a nursing home.
Previously, folks with higher incomes could only receive medical assistance in a nursing home, even if they were capable of living in a less restrictive environment. With Miller trusts, for the first time, New Jersey Medicaid beneficiaries with higher incomes are expected to be able to receive long term care at home or in an assisted living facility.
This is good news for seniors, people with disabilities and other folks who may need long term care. Come November, we expect that FriedmanLaw will have a powerful new tool to help each of our clients receive care in the most appropriate setting.miller trusts