Preservation of Parent’s Low Property Tax Rate Soon to Be More Difficult for Children: Deadline Looming

Q, I understand that the recently passed Proposition 19 on the California Ballot will make major changes in the property tax structure.  Is that true? A. Yes, indeed. California voters just narrowly approved Proposition 19, overhauling our property tax rules, originally stemming from the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. Most notable are the changes… Read More »

Special Planning for an Incapacitated Spouse

Q. My wife suffers from dementia and has been in a nursing home for some time. About a year ago, we put everything in my name so she could qualify for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help pay for her care. We currently have only simple wills which leave everything to the survivor of us, and… Read More »

Will Mom Lose Medicare Or Medi-Cal Coverage If She Leaves The Nursing Home To Visit Family?

Q. Mom has been receiving care in a nursing home. She is currently covered by Medicare, but soon will switch to Medi-Cal. She would really like to come to our home for a short visit during the holidays. However, I heard that she might lose her coverage if she does so. Is that true? A…. Read More »

How Can We Save Mom’s Home While She’s In A Nursing Home On Medi-Cal?

Q. Our mother just moved into a nursing home for care and has qualified for a Medi-Cal subsidy to help with the cost. However, Medi-Cal wants all of mom’s income to go to the nursing home as her “co-pay”. That leaves nothing to cover her home expenses, including her mortgage, property taxes, insurance and upkeep…. Read More »

Discrimination By Nursing Homes. Getting In Is Half the Battle

Q. If I seek entry into a nursing home for my mother, will it be tougher to find a bed if she goes in as a Medi-Cal beneficiary? A.  Unfortunately, that is a distinct possibility. See the following article published by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (“CANHR”), and re-printed here with permission: “Over the… Read More »