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Medicaid Spend Down Checklist

There is a great deal of confusion regarding the spend down of assets for Medicaid qualification. For a single person, who can only keep $2,000 in countable assets in North Carolina, that individual may find him or herself wondering what the money can be spent on without causing any Medicaid disqualification. Similarly, for a married…

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Exempt and Countable Assets for Medicaid

To qualify for Medicaid, applicants must pass some fairly strict tests on the amount of assets they can keep. To understand how Medicaid works, we first need to review what are known as “exempt” and “non-exempt assets. Generally exempt assets for purposes of North Carolina Medicaid in a nursing home, consists of: The residence, if…

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Finding and Choosing a Nursing Home

When you’re looking for a nursing home for a parent or a spouse, it is a difficult job. No one wants their loved one to live in a nursing home. But sometimes it is necessary, when the care needed is more than can be provided at home or in assisted living. Unfortunately, choosing a nursing…

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My Spouse or Parent Needs Care Now

When your loved one needs care now, you are in a crisis and need answers fast. To help put this into perspective, there are several key aspects to know about, as follows: What level of care will be needed? Where will they get that care? How much will it cost, and can they afford it?…

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Protect Your Ill Spouse and Your Savings

Jane paid $6,500 per month, month-after-month, while her husband Bob was in the nursing home. She spent over half of their retirement savings because that’s what the Medicaid Office told her to do. She came to see me and asked, “Had she spent enough? Was she going to have enough to live on?” If she’d…

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