Senior Alert: Medi-Cal Eligibility Rules Are Changing For Those Over 65!

Q. I heard that the Medi-Cal rules to qualify for a long-term care subsidy are about to change. This would be very important to us, as my husband, now aged 85, will soon need care in a nursing home, and we are very concerned about the cost. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes,… Read More »

Should We Sell Mom’s Home To Pay For Her Care?

Q. Our mother is in assisted living and may need to go into a nursing home soon. To raise money for her ongoing care, we are thinking of selling her home which is now vacant. Any thoughts as to whether that makes sense? A. Well, here’s the thing: selling mom’s home may undermine her ability… Read More »

Legal Action Plan After a Dementia Diagnosis

Q. My husband was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but still seems to be generally okay. Are there legal steps we should take by way of planning for the future? A.  Yes. Once you or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is important to take action to get your affairs in order. Here is… Read More »

  Spouse on Medi-Cal?  May Be Time To Change Your Will

Q. My husband is in a nursing home and has qualified  for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with care expenses. To qualify, I was obliged to take his name off of most of our bank accounts, so that almost everything is in my name now. However, I have my own health problems and I wonder… Read More »

Defending Against Premature Nursing Home Discharges

Q.  My father was discharged from the hospital into a nursing home, has been there only about 2 weeks under MediCARE, and now they are pressing us to bring him home. But, he’s not ready and still needs care. Is this right? A.  No, it is not. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are concerned about whether… Read More »

Can I Use My Father’s POA to Help Him Qualify for Medi-Cal?

Q.   My father is in a nursing home and could really use a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with the cost, which is running about $9,500 per month.  He has dementia and cannot manage his own finances.  Years ago he signed a Power Of Attorney naming me as his agent.  Can I use it to make… Read More »

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2021

To Our Clients and Friends: Below are updated numbers for 2021 that are frequently used in our Elder Law practice and which may be of interest to clients: Medi-Cal Spousal Impoverishment Numbers for 2021 The new Community Spouse Resource Allowance (“CSRA”) is $130,380. The Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (“MMMNA”) for the “At- Home” Spouse… Read More »

Stimulus Payments Will Not Impair Medi-Cal, SSI, Nor Covered CA Eligibility

Q. My wife and I are both on SSI and Medi-Cal and we just received $1,200 under the federal stimulus program, and hope to receive another round if Congress and the new administration approve more. Will these payments mess up our public benefits, which we depend upon? A. The short answer is “No”. Some background may… Read More »