Medicaid &  MassHealth  Attorneys Cohen And Oalican Boston (617) 263- 035 Andover (978) 749-0008 Raynham (508) 821-5599 Bo...
How do I find an  elder law attorney ?  <ul><li>If you or someone in your family are facing long term care  issues, its cr...
How do I apply for Medicaid (also known as MassHealth)? <ul><li>The Medicaid program, which is called MassHealth in Massac...
What happens if my MassHealth Application is Denied? <ul><li>MassHealth looks for any reason they can to deny an applicati...
If I apply for Medicaid is my house vulnerable? <ul><li>MassHealth regulations describe  a home as a “non-countable” asset...
Can I give away my assets? <ul><li>Many people want to know if they can  give away their assets to protect them from Medic...
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A good Q&A on the impact of MassHealth and long term care. Concerned over Transferring Assets, Protecting your Home, avoiding a Medicaid Lien? Boston Elder Law Attorneys and Medicaid MassHealth specialists Cohen & Oalican are a Boston Law Firm specializing in Medicaid and Mass Health Issues, offering straight answers to honest questions.

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Medicaid & Mass Health Attorneys

  1. 1. Medicaid & MassHealth Attorneys Cohen And Oalican Boston (617) 263- 035 Andover (978) 749-0008 Raynham (508) 821-5599 Boston Elder Law Attorneys http://www.cohenoalican.com
  2. 2. How do I find an elder law attorney ? <ul><li>If you or someone in your family are facing long term care issues, its critical to get good advice from an attorney who specializes in these issues. </li></ul><ul><li>It does not make sense to see a cardiologist if you break your foot. </li></ul><ul><li>The same holds true for legal advice. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone in your family requires nursing home care you need to find an attorney who focuses on asset protection and Medicaid planning . </li></ul><ul><li>The attorneys at Cohen & Oalican are experts in this area of the law. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do I apply for Medicaid (also known as MassHealth)? <ul><li>The Medicaid program, which is called MassHealth in Massachusetts is a confusing bureaucracy. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes an expert to guide you through this maze. </li></ul><ul><li>MassHealth workers ask for financial statements going back as far a five years looking to see if the applicant or their spouse has made any disqualifying gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>It is critical to work with an expert in filing the MassHealth application . </li></ul><ul><li>If you file too late you may lose coverage you would otherwise be entitled to. </li></ul><ul><li>If you file to early, you may make yourself ineligible for months if not years. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What happens if my MassHealth Application is Denied? <ul><li>MassHealth looks for any reason they can to deny an application. </li></ul><ul><li>Typical reasons for denials include: missing bank statement, missed deadlines, unexplained deposits or withdrawals or excess assets. </li></ul><ul><li>At Cohen & Oalican we help clients with every step of the application process. </li></ul><ul><li>We walk you through the process so that there are no surprises. </li></ul><ul><li>We anticipate Medicaid’s questions and give them the information they need to accept the application as quickly as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Cohen & Oalican attorneys can know how to best describe your family’s assets to offer the maximum protection. </li></ul><ul><li>If your application is denied we can quickly file an appeal to determine what your legal rights are and how best to move forward and get your application approved </li></ul>
  5. 5. If I apply for Medicaid is my house vulnerable? <ul><li>MassHealth regulations describe a home as a “non-countable” asset . </li></ul><ul><li>This is a confusing label. </li></ul><ul><li>Although MassHealth does not count your home in determining eligibility, this does not mean that the house is protected: far from it. </li></ul><ul><li>MassHealth will not force you to sell your house to obtain eligibility. </li></ul><ul><li>However, if the house is in your sole name (part of your so called “probate estate) at your death, the State will have a claim against the house and will either use a Medicaid lien or its powers of estate recovery to seek reimbursement against the house. </li></ul><ul><li>For this reason, its important to put meet with a Cohen & Oalican asset protection attorney to protect your home before you apply. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Can I give away my assets? <ul><li>Many people want to know if they can give away their assets to protect them from Medicaid . </li></ul><ul><li>The answer of course is it depends. </li></ul><ul><li>The bottom line is that most gifts (even those under the IRS permitted $13,000 limit) will disqualify an applicant and their spouse for MassHealth benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>However, there are many exceptions where MassHealth allows you to make gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>For example you can transfer assets to a disabled child without any penalty. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, you can give your house to a so called caretaker child who lives with you and helps take care of you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are thinking of making gifts, its best to first consult with an attorney at Cohen & Oalican. </li></ul>

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