Is there a program that will offer you or your loved one in-home care?

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By Attorney Elizabeth Durnell

Yes, the program is called PASSPORT. The State of Ohio offers this program through Medicaid to pay for up to 20 hours a week of in-home care to a person who meets certain health and financial requirements.

To meet the health requirements for PASSPORT, a person must require assistance with two of the activities of daily living. These include getting in and out of bed, bathing, cooking, dressing, going to the restroom, and mobility, just to name a few.

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Will Medicaid Make You Sell Your Home?

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By: Attorney Nathan Simpson

One aspect of Medicaid that many people are not familiar with is how the home is treated. Many do not realize that Medicaid places value limits on homes. If a home exceeds these value limits, an applicant cannot qualify for Medicaid. This means that a person with nothing other than their home could face a situation where they are not qualified for Medicaid and sell their home to cover the Nursing Home bills.

It does not have to be this way. By working with an Elder Law Attorney, you may be able to protect your home from a Nursing Home spend down. Even if you or a family member is currently in a Nursing Home, it is never to late to discuss strategies to protect your life’s work. Contact us today.

Son Held Responsible for Mother’s Nursing Home Bills

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By Attorney Nate Simpson

Earlier this month, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held that in Pennsylvania, a son liable for his mother’s nursing home bills. Health Care & Retirement Corporation of America v. John Pittas, 2012 PA Super 96 (May 7, 2012). This Pennsylvania case could mark the beginning of a change in the way states cope with the rising costs of long-term healthcare.

John Pittas’ mother was injured in a car accident, and following her rehabilitation, she went into a nursing home from September 2007 until March of 2008. During the time she was in the nursing home she accumulated a bill of over $90,000. Pittas’ mother withdrew from the nursing home in 2008 and moved to Greece, leaving the bill unpaid. [Read more…]

Medicaid Standard Utility Decrease

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By Heather Chapman

Effective April 1, 2012, the Ohio standard utility allowance applied for determining benefits for Medicaid and Food Assistance will decrease from $599 to $533 per month. This applies mostly for determining the monthly allowance for the community spouse when the other is institutionalized. This change will affect current and future eligibility for food assistance, nursing home and waiver cases, but will mainly just mean an increase in the patient liability that the institutionalized person must pay each month. [Read more…]