Avoiding SSI Reductions When An Adult With Disabilities Lives With Family

Avoiding SSI Reductions When An Adult With Disabilities Lives With Family

By Neal A. Winston, CELA

When individuals with disabilities live with family members, it can complicate their eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Since SSI’s monthly cash payments are meant to pay for food and shelter, contributions from others for such living expenses may reduce SSI or could disqualify the beneficiary completely.

With planning, that can be avoided. SSI rules are complicated,…

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 that also provide nursing home care. The purpose of this type of care is to transition the patient back to as much an independent level of self-care…

Massachusetts Family of Autistic Son Can Keep Disability Support Offered by Medicaid’s Adult Foster Care Program

A family from a community on Boston’s North Shore, represented by the law firm of Winston Law Group, recently prevailed in reversing a Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) policy denying critical support services for their autistic son.

The purpose of the DDS Program is to prevent disabled children from living in a state-operated facility. DDS offers funding that allows the child to remain at home and be educated within the community. The program provides an array…