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Newsletters: Medi-Cal Planning and Qualification

Will You Be Able to Keep Your Real Property and Still Qualify for Medi-Cal? - Your Home As An Exempt Asset: One of the most frequently asked Medi-Cal questions we receive is whether the Medi-Cal applicant will be able to keep his/her home and still qualify for Medi-Cal. As a general rule, a Medi-Cal applicant’s home is not considered a countable..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Debunking Medi-Cal Myths - Medicaid was considered a complicated program when President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed it into law at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, over thirty years ago, as part of the President’s War on Poverty. The program has grown increasingly complex each year since its enactment. Although Medicaid is a..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Pending Changes in Medicaid Transfer Rules - On December 19, 2005, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a new budget bill containing provisions regarding Medicaid eligibility and nursing home coverage. Most importantly, the bill includes onerous restrictions regarding the transfer of assets. The bill was sent to..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Medi-Cal and the Personal Residence Protection Trust - In our May 2006 Newsletter, we discussed the fact that whereas the home may be exempt for Medi-Cal eligibility purposes, it may not be exempt from estate recovery by the State of California after the.....Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Medi-Cal and the Home - Avoiding California's Recovery System: Part Deux - This topic was the subject of our May 2006 newsletter, and has been discussed in brief in other newsletters. We receive more calls on this topic than on any other..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Exemption of the Home for Medi-Cal Qualification - The home remains exempt for qualification for Medi-Cal as long as certain conditions are met. Meeting one or more of these conditions is generally easy to do. For Medi-Cal qualification, there must be..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Medi-Cal and the Deficit Reduction Act - And - Rosie the Riveter - Medi-Cal and the Deficit Reduction Act: The President signed the federal Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) on February 8, 2006. Under this new act, the Medicaid rules were changed dramatically, and not to the benefit of our older clients. The States are required to adopt certain portions of the new..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Medi-Cal Rules Are Complicated And: Please Don't Drive! - The Medi-Cal rules are complicated, but can be of great benefit to the family with a loved one who is in need of nursing home care. It seems that many of our clients already know some basics of Medi-Cal, like the fact that a single person can qualify once their assets..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

Don't Sell the Home! And a Funny Story - Don’t Sell The Home!: We continue to receive calls from people who tell us they have been told that they must sell their homes in order to qualify for Medi-Cal. Nothing can be further from the truth. Even under the Deficit Reduction Act which President Bush signed into legislation on February 8, 2006, the home remains exempt, or not counted for qualification under Medi-Cal. However, under the..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

The Difference Between Medicaid and Medi-Cal - Medicare is a health insurance program run by the Federal government. The costs of the program are paid out of Social Security deductions. Persons over age 65 who have made Social Security contributions are entitled to benefits ..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

2012 Quick Reference Guide for Medi-Cal Qualification - Medi-Cal is a California State program, which is designed to pay nursing home costs for qualified individuals. It is funded by the State of California and by the Federal Medicaid program. The following is our 2012 California Medi-Cal Quick Reference Guide ..... Click Here to read entire newsletter.

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