Richard M. Barron
attorney at law
Helping your loved one
Get the nursing home
care they deserve,
while legally protecting
your Family's assets.
Basics of Medicaid
"What You Can and Cannot Keep"
In order to understand
Medicaid qualification, you first need to know how Medicaid
treats your assets.
Basically, Medicaid breaks your assets down into two
separate categories. The first are those assets which are
the second are those assets which are
Exempt assets are those which Medicaid will not take into
account (at least for the time being). Generally the
following assets are exempt:
Home, no matter its value. The home must be the
principal place of residence. The nursing home resident
be required to show some “intent to return home,” even if
this never actually takes place.
personal belongings, such as furniture,
appliances, jewelry, and clothing.
there may be some limitation on value.
funeral plans and burial plots.
*Cash value life
insurance policies, as long as the face value of
these policies is countable.
Also, term life
insurance is exempt.
not to exceed $2,000.00
are basically the assets which Medicaid will ignore, at
least for now. Keep in mind, however, that the
recovery unit may come back to recoup payments made to a
Medicaid Recipient after the death of the
if they are married.
All other assets which are
(i.e. the one listed earlier) are countable. This includes
accounts,mutual funds, bonds, IRA’s, pensions, second cars,
and so on. While there are some minor
exceptions to these rules, for the most part, all money and
property, as well as any item that can be valued and
into cash is a countable asset, unless it is one of those
listed earlier as exempt.
While the Medicaid rules
themselves are complicated and
somewhat tricky, for a single person
it’s safe to say
you will qualify for Medicaid so
long as you have only exempt assets plus a small amount of
cash not to exceed
$2000.00, and your income is at or below
For a married couple the community spouse (i.e. the one not
needing nursing home care) can generally keep
the assets up to a maximum of just under $95,000.00, and
income not exceeding $1692.00. Of
course, this does not mean
there are not things which can be done to protect assets or
reduce income beyond
levels. This issues of Elder & Disability Law Planning and
Strategies is designed to review the basics in a
way which a caseworker from the Texas
Department of Health and Human Services would likely do so.
In other issues we have or will cover ways that a single
person can often protect all of their assets.
Future issues will be dealing with
related topics covering additional Medicaid planning
strategies as well as
nursing home selection and care
In Service Training Available:
Richard M. Barron offers in-service training on topics
*Division of Assets
*Powers of Attorney
*Other Elder Law Issues
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a service of Richard M. Barron, Attorney At Law, 209 East
Whitesboro, Texas 76273. This information is
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Richard M. Barron
Attorney at Law
209 E. Main Street
Whitesboro, Texas 76273
Fax - 903-564-5562