May 2014

Leaving the Nursing Home During a Medicare-Covered Stay

Nursing home residents often want to participate in special events and holiday celebrations but may worry that they will lose Medicare coverage if they leave the facility to join their families.  Residents and their families and friends can put their minds at ease.  According to Medicare law, nursing home residents may leave their facility for short family events without losing their Medicare coverage.

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Mother's Payments to Daughters and Granddaughter for Caregiving Result in Medicaid Transfer Penalty

A New Jersey court has upheld a Medicaid agency's determination that a Medicaid applicant did not receive "fair market value" for the payments she made to her two daughters and a granddaughter for caregiving. The Medicaid disqualification penalty period based upon $71,611.84 in transfers of less than fair market value was upheld.

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