Errors that could jeopardize Medicaid eligibility

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | MassHealth

Planning for Medicaid requires a lot of foresight and an understanding of the law. If you can successfully navigate the process, you can protect your wealth and your ability to secure the medical and long-term care you may need. That’s why it’s crucial that you carefully navigate the process, as certain errors made along the way can delay the process or render you ineligible for Medicaid benefits.

We know that Medicaid planning is complex. But here are some missteps that you’ll want to be sure to avoid:

  • Transferring assets in a way that leads to penalties
  • Misunderstanding and misapplying certain Medicaid exemptions
  • Improperly accounting for your assets, debts, and expenses
  • Failing to understand and adhere to the applicable lookback period
  • Misunderstanding how income is calculated for purposes of Medicaid eligibility
  • Applying for Medicaid coverage too early or too late
  • Waiting too long to create an estate plan that’s beneficial for Medicaid eligibility purposes
  • Thinking that the gift tax exemption is applicable to Medicaid eligibility
  • Failing to take advantage of protections available to your spouse

There’s certainly a lot that goes into the Medicaid planning process. Make sure you’re careful in addressing your needs and creating the estate plan that helps you achieve your goals.

Do you need additional guidance in qualifying for Medicaid or MassHealth?

If you do, then you should continue to read up on eligibility criteria and the eligibility determination process so that you know what to expect. Hopefully then you’ll know how to secure eligibility, obtain the care you need,and shield your assets from long-term care expenses.