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July 4, 2020


Medicaid Redesign team Proposes Changes to Medicaid Eligibility in New York

Governor Cuomo recently accepted proposals from New York’s newly created Medicaid Redesign Team (“MRT”). While it is early in the process, and the proposals may not be implemented in their present form or at all, budgeting pressures at all levels of government make it likely that some changes in the Medicaid program will occur. Here […]

Community Medicaid in New York State

How to Stay at home and protect your assets and income In New York, the Community Based Medicaid program will pay for the cost of a home health aide. When applying, the local department of social services considered the applicant’s income and assets and whether the Medicaid applicant requires the assistance with the activities of […]

How to Pay for Nursing Home Care on Long Island

The cost of a Nursing Home in Long Island is generally $12,000 – $15,000 per month. This cost can deplete savings very quickly. As a result, proper planning is extremely important. There are three ways to pay for a Nursing Home. First, one can use their savings. Clearly not a great plan – especially if […]

The Irrevocable Income Only Trust

A Case Study in protecting your assets against the cost of long term care Mr. and Mrs. Watson are in their mid-seventies. Mr. Watson recently fell and injured his hip. He is home from re-hab and is doing better, but may require assistance in the coming years. Additionally, Mrs. Watson has just been diagnosed with […]

Pooled Income Trusts

How to protect your excess income when receiving community Medicaid A Pooled Income Trust is an option for a disabled individual who has excess income while receiving Community Medicaid Benefits. Here is how it works: Recipients of Community Medicaid – those who receive the assistance of a home health aide – are allowed to keep […]

Planning for Families with Disabled Children: Supplemental Needs Trusts

By Andrew M. Lamkin, Esq. Clients came to my office for advice on how to make arrangements for their 5-year-old son. Their son is autistic and their situation is common to parents who have children with disabilities. Two major problems exist. First, when a disabled child turns 18, the parent loses the ability to make […]

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 – Impact on Medicaid

By Andrew M. Lamkin, Esq. On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). The Act reduces federal entitlement spending for Medicaid, among other federal programs. The Medicaid program pays for services for disabled seniors who meet the eligibility requirements. Most commonly, Medicaid pays for the cost of […]