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My mother is going to a nursing home. Can she qualify for medicaid?

Laurel, MS |

Her savings are in her name and her three daughters. It has been this way for many years.

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You cannot transfer assets for someone and then attempt to have MS Medicaid pay for that person's nursing home care. There is a certain amount of time you must wait, I believe 2 or 3 years before you can apply for Medicaid after the asset transfer, whether it is a bank account or land. Medicaid could sue to have the transfer voided and applied to any amount Medicaid had expended for the recipient. I would consult an estate planning attorney to see what your options are and how to best proceed with handling your mother's assets now and going forward.


Please sit down with a local elder law attorney to discuss eligibility.


You need to speak to an elder law attorney who can review everything.

John Lassen 1-877-252-4630


This can be a complicated area of federal law. If your mother has any assets, such as a house etc. I suggest you pay for a consultation with an Elder care attorney before you attempt to enroll your mother in Medicaid.

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I am not an elder law attorney, and I recommend you contact one to confirm what I say. It is my understanding that who "owns" the money that is in the account depends on the language of the banking account contract. To borrow terms from property law, it could be they are joint tenants. The money in the saving account could be equally divided by her and the 3 daughters, or all could be common funds. As you probably already know, to qualify for Medicaid, your mother has to have very little assets.

Look up an Elder Law attorney and you will need to give them some additional information, for example, how much money is in the savings, does she own a house, does she plan to return to the home, is she married, etc..

After February 2006, there is a 5 year "look back period" for assets that have been transferred our of her name for less than full value.

I know this does not answer your question, but this is a complicated area of law and you are going to need to get an elder law attorney to advise you. I know putting your mother in a nursing home is a hard decision, and if you need a referral to a good elder law attorney, give me a call. Best Wishes.

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I recommend that you seek the advice of an elder law attorney. You can find a qualified one on AVVO.

Good luck.

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