Even Gifts Allowed by the Internal Revenue Service Are Subject to a Penalty for Medicaid
With the 2018 increase of the amount that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will allow a person to gift free from gift tax reporting, from $14,000 per person to $15,000 per person, per tax year, there is greater opportunity for tax-free gifting. This was the first increase in the tax-free annual gift limitation in five years. As a result, any person who gives away $15,000 or less annually to any one individual does not have to report the gift or gifts to the IRS. Gifts to spouses never have to be reported.
Why Engage an Elder Law Attorney to Prepare Your Medicaid Application
The Illinois Medical Assistance Program (“Medicaid”) is the health care program for individuals who do not have another form of insurance or whose insurance does not cover what they need, such as nursing home or supportive living care. A significant number of people must look to Medicaid to pay for their nursing home and supportive living care. However, the eligibility rules are complicated for applicants for Medicaid long term care.
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Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
In 1900, most people died younger from communicable diseases and after relatively short illnesses. Today, we are more likely to die older from one or more chronic conditions and after an extended period of illness. The decisions involved with planning for disability associated with chronic conditions can be difficult to make. Recognizing that developing a plan is the goal and that plans can (and should) be revised over time may help you assume a proactive role when it comes to legal matters. For a summary of the basics involved in planning, please click here.
How to Pay for Skilled Care
One of the things that concerns most people about a nursinghome is how to pay for that level of care.
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What is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?
Medicare and Mediciad sound alike and many people use the words interchangeably. However, they are two different programs.