Attorney-CPA Joe Cordell and co-host Jill Enders are rejoined by TuckerAllen attorney Teresa Yao to begin a two-part discussion on long-term care. They highlight how mid- and higher-income brackets can qualify for Medicaid, in order to pay for long-term care through Medicaid planning.
Teresa and Joe break down how the utilization of irrevocable trusts can protect your assets, making them inaccessible and putting you in a specific income bracket. This allows you to qualify for Medicaid to pay for long-term care.
They describe the 5-year look-back period and the rules and penalties associated with the regulation. Teresa also talks about how a healthy spouse, or community spouse, factors into the Medicaid planning and long-term care process and what annuities do, in order to provide income for essentials for the community spouse.
Teresa talks about the asset limit for the institutional spouse and how that differs when both spouses need long-term or nursing home care. She explains the difference between income rules and asset rules, related to Medicaid qualification.
Joe and Teresa stress the importance of finding an elder law attorney, like those at TuckerAllen, to help you navigate the intricacies of planning for long-term care. Teresa also helps navigate home health services and how that can be paid for, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.