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MassHealth vs. Irrevocable Trusts – a Concerning Trend

What is happening? There has been a concerning trend with MassHealth’s treatment of irrevocable trusts. What once was a reliable asset protection strategy has now become a minefield of adverse and unlawful MassHealth decisions that result in benefit ineligibility. In a nutshell, MassHealth caseworkers and hearing officers are denying MassHealth applicants eligibility because they are […]

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From Nursing Home to Community Living – Could This Work for You?

Given the number of options available for at-home care and financial assistance from state Medicaid (called MassHealth or CommonHealth in Massachusetts) programs, we are now seeing a growing trend of nursing home residents regaining their independence and transitioning back into the community. This is a very attractive possibility for those individuals needing an increased level […]

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Maintaining Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Coverage

Following a hospital inpatient stay of at least three days, Medicare will pay for care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for up to 100 days for each period of coverage. This is often called “rehabilitation” coverage and can be provided in a dedicated rehabilitation facility, certain parts of some hospitals, or in some facilities […]

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Understanding the Pros and Cons of a Life Estate

What is a life estate? A life estate is a type of ownership interest in real estate.  Most commonly the life estate is conferred by deed but may also be conferred in a will or trust.  The typical scenario pertains to a parent who wants to “give the house to the kids” for estate and asset protection […]

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Resources and Tips for Older Americans

Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 40.3 million older Americans – people who are 65 and older in the United States, which is 13% of the population. In recognition of Older Americans Month, which was first designated in May of 1963, USA.gov has highlighted […]

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