As Attorney Phillips said, you would be well served by consulting an elder law attorney before you move your mother. In addition to Medicaid issues, there may be other things to sort out before the move.
If your mother is competent, she can elect to move to another state. However, if she is not competent, there may be a question about who has the authority to control where she lives (e.g. the person appointed in a Power of Attorney document).
Residency, for Medicaid purposes, is usually determined by where the person is living and whether they intend to remain there. I do not think that will be an issue for your mother - being on Medicaid does not sentence the person to live in the state where they were first approved.
One other thing - make sure you have a facility lined up to accept her before the move.
Good luck with this.
I always direct my medicaid planning questions to Scott Wallace, Esq at [email protected]
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