Medicaid Questions

This site is about the very broad topic of estate planning. However, most of the questions readers send us are about qualifying for Medicaid. If you use the form below, you can submit your question and, for a small fee, receive a fast, personalized answer. You can also simply read on for more information.

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Unfortunately, qualifying for Medicaid has become a central consideration in estate planning. People are living longer while long-term care and nursing home costs skyrocket. Some people choose to buy long term care insurance. Others are wealthy enough to pay for the nursing home out of pocket.

For most, however, qualifying for Medicaid is a primary estate planning objective. The question then becomes: How do I qualify without giving all my assets to the government?

Medicaid planning is a large, complicated topic. Many people mistakenly believe that some sort of magical trust can be created that will allow you to keep all your assets and still qualify for Medicaid. Unfortunately, as you can read at Medicaid Trust, it's not that simple.

Estate Planning Hub is fortunate that Elder Law Attorney Gabriel Heiser, an expert in Medicaid planning, has provided us with dozens of other great articles that will answer many of your questions. You can find links to those articles below.

Additionally, Mr. Heiser wrote a terrific book on the subject that you can find at Medicaid Secrets. We receive a commission if you buy the book through that link, but we would still recommend it without one.

I just a read a really terrific medicaid planning book called
Medicaid Secrets. It's the best, most readable, book I've ever read on this topic. I highly recommend it if you want to understand the issues. And, by buying it here, it won't cost you any more, but you'll help support this site. Thanks.

UPDATE: Holiday sale in progress at Medicaid Secrets. Medicaid expert Gabriel Heiser also has written an even more indepth book for attorneys and financial advisors.

Attorney Heiser is also willing to respond to individual questions from our readers. Depending on the question’s facts and complexity, he may not be able to provide an in-depth answer. Keeping that in mind, no information provided on this site, including any given by Mr. Heiser, can be considered legal advice (see our terms of use). But the information he provides is certainly worth considering.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your question through this form and we’ll be in touch. Your question and Mr. Heiser's response will be posted on this site for others to benefit from as well.

You can read similar questions and answers at Estate Planning Questions.

Here is the place to find State Medicaid Agency POC's (see link at the bottom of the page).

Here's a great article about planning for medicaid coverage.  Qualification for medicaid generally requires low income.  However, almost everyone eventually will qualify for medicare.  Here's some medicare planning tips.

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