Medicaid Mythbusters

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The Medicaid nursing home benefits program causes a lot of confusion. Part of why I publish this website is to get accurate information out there into your hands so you don’t make a decision based on rumors, stories, and other inaccurate sources of information. There are a lot of popular misconceptions about eligibility for Texas Medicaid. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Myth

You can make small or large gifts to family members within five years of applying for benefits and still qualify for Medicaid benefits without penalties.

Fact

There is no annual limit you can give to family members that will not create a penalty for Medicaid eligibility. Any gift can create a penalty. The confusion that sparked this myth is the annual gift tax exclusion which only applies to gift taxes and has no impact on Medicaid.

Myth

Your parent will lose everything before he or she can receive Medicaid benefits.

Fact

Potential Medicaid applicants do have some flexibility in making the most of their assets before qualifying for nursing home benefits. Married applicants can usually protect a sizable amount of assets for their spouse, and unmarried applicants can usually get more with their remaining assets than simply paying the nursing home bill until everything is gone.

Do not spend all of your money on nursing home bills. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family with a Texas Medicaid attorney.

Richard Shea

I am a Texas licensed attorney with over 15 years of experience helping families qualify for nursing home Medicaid and protect their assets from devastating nursing home bills. I have protected over $1 million for my clients, let's see what I can do for you. I write everything on this site so if you have a question or comment feel free to send me a message through here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.