When it is time for you to apply for Medicaid, it may be too late to take advantage of some significant opportunities for protecting your assets and your loved ones. Careful planning before Medicaid is needed can help assure that you get quality care, as well as protect your estate for your spouse and your children. Whether it is purchasing long-term care insurance or pursuing benefits owed to you under Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration, experienced Medicaid attorney Christopher J. Berry can advise you on the approach that is right for you. This may include the best way to apply for Medicaid, such as exploring the use of trusts, transfers of assets, purchase of annuities, or increasing the income and resource allowances for family members.
Issues involved in Medicaid planning can include:
- Protecting against Medicaid Spend down
- How Michigan Medicaid differs from Medicaid in other states
- The definition of “skilled nursing” as it may apply to your care
- Additional conditions for obtaining skilled nursing coverage
- Ensuring that you receive the nursing care benefits to which you are entitled
Whether you are planning for care and security in the future or in the midst of exploring your immediate Medicaid options, attorney Christopher J. Berry can help you navigate the eligibility requirements and restrictions to get the care you need.
Medicaid Planning for Married Couples
In Michigan, there are many planning opportunities for a married couple when one spouse goes into a nursing home and the other spouse lives at home. Many times the healthy spouse is concerned about paying for long-term care costs for the spouse who needs care, but he or she is also concerned about their own quality of life. Certified Elder Law Attorney Christopher J. Berry has the experience and knowledge to utilize strategies capable of protecting a majority of a family’s assets, including the use of specialized trusts and other elder care planning tools.
Medicaid Planning for Single Individuals
If you are caring for a loved one who needs nursing home care, there are certain strategies available to protect resources and qualify for Medicaid assistance. Certified Elder Law Attorney Christopher J. Berry can help a family protect over half of a single Medicaid applicant’s assets through specialized planning. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation.