Category Archives: Medicaid

October is National Special Needs Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) has designated October as National Special Needs Law Month.  NAELA wanted to spotlight special needs law to help spread the word to people with disabilities and their families that there are attorneys … Continue reading

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The New Florida Medicaid Managed Care Program for Long-Term Care is Coming to Pinellas County

Florida Medicaid has changed the way it will deliver long-term care services to most of its participants.  This is a statewide change that is being introduced around the state region by region.  Pinellas County is part of Region 5 which … Continue reading

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Estate Planning Should Include A Look At Long-Term Care Insurance

When people come in to talk about their estate plans, they expect to talk about what happens when they die.  In fact, that is what motivates many of them think about putting together an estate plan in the first place.  … Continue reading

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What Happens to Your House When You Apply for Florida Medicaid Long-Term Care Benefits?

Many times the first question that I hear when the conversation turns to applying for FL Medicaid long-term care benefits is “Am I going to lose my house if I apply for Medicaid?”  Fortunately, much to everyone’s relief, the answer … Continue reading

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There Is Not An Annual Gift Exclusion Under Florida Medicaid Rules

The annual gift tax exclusion allows an individual to give away up to $14,000 per year (2013 limit) to as many individuals as they choose and not incur any federal gift tax liability. Many times when I am talking with … Continue reading

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Florida Medicaid Planning Is Guided by Florida Medicaid Rules

Everyone means well and wants to help you; after all, that is what families are for. They can see that you are worried and stressed about how you are going to pay for your spouse’s long-term care needs. They understand … Continue reading

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