Medicaid and Public Benefits Eligibility

Medicaid and Public Benefits Eligibility

Winston Law Group attorneys have provided Medicaid and other public benefits eligibility advice and counseling to thousands of individuals and families since 1977.  It is unique as an elder law, disability, and estate planning firm not only in its ability to advise clients regarding Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care, but also to counsel individuals and families regarding the myriad of public benefit programs involved with keeping and supporting an individual at home or in an alternative community setting.

Firm principal, Neal Winston, is a nationally recognized  authority on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program rules. We frequently receive referrals from attorneys and other professionals to resolve matters involving eligibility and denial of important benefits.

We assist in applications and represent claimants in appeals and other ongoing legal actions before the Massachusetts Office of MedicaidSocial Security AdministrationVeterans Administration, and a number of state and federal service agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Applying for Social Security and Other Public Benefits

The rules and regulations surrounding public benefits continually change and can make qualifying difficult and tedious. Applying for and retaining government benefits can be a complex task that requires a keen understanding of program requirements, including allowable income and assets levels, penalties for property gifting , allowable exemptions for property transfers, use of trusts, and other options that can be used to achieve and maintain eligibility.  A lack of proper analysis and legal representation can often jeopardize eligibility, causing a delay, or worse, denial of benefits.  Even when errors have previously been made, we excel in working out solutions to reestablish or create eligibility.

Our Attorneys Can Assist You With the Following Programs and Agencies:

  • Medicaid (MassHealth and CommonHealth)
  • Medicare
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Social Security Retirement, Survivors, and Dependents Insurance
  • Veteran’s Aid & Attendance and other VA benefits
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Veterans Administration (VA)
  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

We can provide advice for current eligibility or future planning. We can assist in preparation of the application from the initial claim through the administrative hearing procedure, as well as court appeals. Our expertise and familiarity with agency procedures often enables us to streamline the process and obtain positive results in a relatively timely manner.

Our Disability and Public Benefits Attorneys

Our attorneys have represented thousands of clients in a wide range of programs from  community-level programs and benefits to ensure that elders and disabled individuals can remain and live independently at home, to long-term institutional care such as in nursing homes. They are: