Category Archives: Medicaid

A recent change in Family Care policies can make a BIG difference for married couples – read on…

On June 10, 2016, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services updated its Medicaid Eligibility Handbook (called the “MEH” for short, and that is a pretty good description of how it usually makes me feel to read it.) This update changes the … Continue reading

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What’s Really Wrong with Family Care

These days we have shared  a lot of concern over Governor Walker’s attempt to make sweeping changes to Family Care and Aging and Disability Resource Centers without consulting any citizen stakeholders. (See the article I wrote on that issue.) We don’t … Continue reading

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What Governor Walker’s Proposed Change to Promissory Notes Means

Governor Walker’s 2015-2017 budget proposal contains a change to one particular area of Medicaid planning involving the use of promissory notes. While this is relatively minor compared to the chaos of the 2013-15 budget, it is worth a passing comment. … Continue reading

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Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal Contains Radical Change to Family Care Without Input From Consumers (And Provides Another Glimpse Into Walker’s Way of Doing Business)

Or, Thompson and Walker approach long term care redesign in entirely different ways – A tale of then vs now. Governor Walker’s proposed Wisconsin budget for the 2015-2017 biennium contains a major overhaul of the Family Care System. This proposal … Continue reading

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Timing is everything…

In understanding the ins and outs of Medicaid and divestment, timing is everything. Divestment is the concept that if you give away your assets with the intention of becoming eligible for Medicaid, the gift will cause you to be ineligible … Continue reading

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10 important points about irrevocable Medicaid trusts

With the State’s drastic changes to estate recovery, there has been  a corresponding  increase in the number of clients for whom an irrevocable trust becomes an attractive option for Medicaid planning. At the same time, over the course of my … Continue reading

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Do Spousal Impoverishment Protections Apply to Same-sex Married Couples?

Updated! On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court refused to review the lower court decision finding Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage prohibition unconstitutional. In plain language this means that the decision stands, and same-sex marriage is legal in Wisconsin!   … Continue reading

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Medicaid Myths Part Three: Estate Recovery

Myth: “I heard I have to turn over my home to the state in order to get Medicaid.” This fear, or something similar that involves worry that the state will swoop in and take property, furnishings, car, or home out from … Continue reading

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Medicaid Myths Part Two: Divestment and Millionaires

This article will delve into the second major area of misunderstanding in Medicaid: Divestment. Divestment is the term for the broad concept that if a person gives away money or other assets for the purpose of becoming eligible, a penalty … Continue reading

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Breaking news! Legislation repeals some of the worst of Governor Walker’s Medicaid recovery expansion.

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the legislature passed an update to the Wisconsin Trust Code. This update has been in the works for well over a year now. However, at the last minute, the bill that had been crafted as … Continue reading

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