Ideally, you already incorporated Medicaid planning into your estate plan years ago so that you will be eligible for Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) when you need it. What happens though if you did not plan ahead and now suddenly need to qualify for Medi-Cal? The Sacramento Medicaid planning attorneys at the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law explain how last-minute Medicaid planning may still be able to help you. Why Might I Need to Qualify for … [Read more...] about Last-Minute Medi-Cal Planning
While you may prefer not to think about it, the reality is that you, or a spouse, may need long-term care at some point in the future. If you do end up needing long-term care (LTC) you may find yourself turning to Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California) for help covering the cost of that care. Because you may need to qualify for Medi-Cal, and the eligibility guidelines are complex, LTC expenses are something that should be addressed within your comprehensive estate plan to ensure that you … [Read more...] about Understanding Medi-Cal Spend-Down
If your estate plan does not include a Medi-Cal planning component, it probably should. Like many people, you may have never before needed to turn to Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) for help with your healthcare expenses – but that could change when you are older. Because you may eventually need to rely on Medicaid, let's see what you need to know about Medi-Cal You May Need Medi-Cal Even If You Are Covered under Medicare. At age 65, you will likely be automatically enrolled in Medicare. … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about Medi-Cal
Like many seniors, you may find yourself faced with the need to qualify for Medicaid for the first time in your life. Having never before needed to rely on Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program), you may know very little about the program. To get you started,we will explains what you need to know about Medicaid. Long-Term Care Costs Prompt the Need to Qualify for Medicaid. You are not alone! As of 2020, the average cost of a year in long-term care (LTC) in California is over $112,000. … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about Medi-Cal
You may have heard that many seniors turn to Medi-Cal for help covering their health care expenses. You may also know about the asset limit used to determine eligibility for Medi-Cal. If you believe that your assets exceed the limit, you may be wondering why you can’t simply transfer those assets to an adult child. In this article, we will explain why transferring assets can cause Medi-Cal to impose a waiting period. Will You Need to Qualify for Medi-Cal? If you have never before needed to … [Read more...] about Can’t I Just Transfer My Assets to My Adult Child to Qualify for Medi-Cal?
In today’s society, family members are often scattered throughout the country and even abroad. This phenomenon can cause much stress and worry when an elder family member who is not nearby now needs additional assistance in managing his or her affairs. The first step to long-distance caregiving is to understand your loved one's situation and needs. Schedule a visit with your relative or friend spanning several days to observe how they make decisions, solve problems and complete daily tasks, … [Read more...] about Caring For a Distant Elder Family Member
If you are concerned about the future of an elderly loved one, you are not alone. As we watch our elderly loved ones age, we can’t help but be concerned about the care they will need and how to finance it. Health care in America is among the most costly in the world, with costs continuing to rise. As a result, the average American is unable to pay for a lengthy stay in a long-term care facility or for the costs of a serious, long-term illness. While we all hope that our elderly loved ones are … [Read more...] about Qualifying for Medi-Cal
Employer sponsored pension plans are all but a thing of the past. In addition, Social Security retirement benefits have not kept up with the cost of living. Consequently, many people now fund their own retirement through the use of tools such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). If you are one of those people, and you are now faced with the need to qualify for Medi-Cal to help pay for the high cost of long-term care, you may be wondering if your IRA is at risk. To help you plan ahead, we … [Read more...] about Can Medi-Cal Take Your IRA?
It can be heart wrenching to decide if a family member or friend you love can no longer safely live in their own home. It can be scary for that loved one to think about his or her care needs and possible new living environments. If you have concerns about a loved one , consider the following questions when determining care needs. If you need help, consult with an experienced and qualified estate and elder care attorney. Does your loved one have medical needs that require special … [Read more...] about Deciding if Some You Love Needs a Care Facility
In every estate plan we prepare in our office, we include an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) and a form that authorizes disclosure of medical information to designated individuals you have appointed to positions in your estate plan. This latter form is done to comply with the so-called HIPAA law. An advance health care directive is a legal document you use to provide guidance about what types of treatments you may want to receive in case of a future, unknown medical emergency. It also … [Read more...] about What is a POLST and Do I Need One?