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Mar
27
Medicaid Planning Goals and Strategies, Part Two
Durable power of attorney Your possible incapacity in the future should be a concern. If you become mentally incompetent before you enter a nursing home, it may be very difficult (if not impossible) to effect a transfer of your assets. A durable power of attorney is a written instrument you sign, authorizing someone else to act for you in the event that you become incapacitated. That way, for example, a wife can transfer the family home out of her husband's name and into her own even after her husband becomes too ill to manage his own affairs. How does long-term care insurance factor in? Because Medicare and other forms of health insurance do not pay for custodial care (assistance with daily activities), many nursing home residents...
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Mar
27
Medicaid Planning Goals and Strategies, Part One
Medicaid Planning Goals and Strategies Why is Medicaid planning important? Aging is inevitable, and a gradual (or not so gradual) inability to function independently is a great concern for many people. While the prospect of entering a nursing home is a daunting one, equally frightening is the expense of nursing home care. Although purchasing long-term care insurance might be the most logical move, not everyone can afford the cost of its premiums. Many people feel that their only option is to spend down their life savings in order to private-pay nursing home care. Once this money has been exhausted, they'll apply for Medicaid. But this isn't the way it has to be. To qualify for Medicaid, both your income and the value of your assets must...
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