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What’s the difference between VA Aid & Attendance and VA Disability?

“What’s the difference between VA Aid & Attendance and VA Disability?”

What's the difference between VA Aid & Attendance and VA Disability?When we’re talking about the VA in terms of helping people who are suffering from some type of illness or injury, there are two major programs.  VA Disability and VA Pension (Aid & Attendance).  Let’s talk about these one at a time.

The first is the VA disability, also known as compensation.

VA compensation is for someone is dealing with a service-related injury or illness.

Let’s say we were … (Read more)


What is the “Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance” in 2017 for Alabama Medicaid long term care in a nursing home

Maximum amount of money community spouse can keep under Alabama Medicaid

Discover the maximum amount of money (resources) that the community spouse living at home can keep and still get Medicaid care for the spouse in the nursing home.

Continuing our series on Alabama Medicaid in 2017 for long term care in the nursing home, let’s look at the maximum assets the community spouse can keep.

Let’s remember a few things before we get started.

Medicaid calls your assets “resources”.

The spouse in the nursing home is called the “institutional … (Read more)


What is the “Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance” in 2017 for Alabama Medicaid long term care in a nursing home

 

What is the "Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance" in 2017 for Alabama Medicaid long term care in a nursing homeContinuing our series on Alabama Medicaid in 2017 to pay for a nursing home, we previously talked about the $2,000 that the spouse (or single person) going into the nursing home could keep.  Now let’s turn our attention to the spouse who is living at home — how much in the way of assets can they keep?  This is known as the “Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance”.

First let’s break this phrase down to understand it.

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What is the “Individual Resource Allowance” in 2017 for Alabama Medicaid for long term care in a nursing home?

Individual resource allowance -- how much can someone keep on Medicaid?

How much money can the person going into the nursing home on Alabama Medicaid keep?

We have talked about income for Medicaid now let’s turn our attention to the “resources” or assets that the person applying for Medicaid can have and still qualify for Alabama Medicaid.  This number is also called the “individual resource allowance“.  A fancy name of saying how much assets can the individual going into the nursing home keep and still qualify for Alabama Medicaid.(Read more)


What is the “penalty divisor” for gifts in 2017 for Alabama Medicaid for long term care in a nursing home?

Learn how to do the calculation on any penalty that Alabama Medicaid may hit you with for gifts made in the last 60 months.

Learn how to do the calculation on the penalty divisor that Alabama Medicaid uses to hit you for gifts made in the last 60 months.

We previously discussed in our 2017 Alabama Medicaid series that there is a 60 month (5 year) look back period where Medicaid is looking for gifts.  But what happens if there are gifts in the last 60 months?

Let’s talk about this and run through some examples.

“What is the penalty divisor for gifts?”

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