Would you like to know more about common legal issues and tips for better living for you and your family? In this issue of our newsletter, we talk about the Caregiver Exception, the ABLE Act, Accessibility for Medical Assistance, and boosting your child’s learning at Vroom.org.
If a caregiver child has resided with a parent for 2 years or longer immediately before that parent’s admission to a skilled nursing facility, then the caregiver exception may apply and the parent’s home can be transferred to the caregiver child without any penalty from the Department of Human Services if that parent is admitted to a skilled nursing facility and needs to be on medical assistance.
If the parent’s physician will verify that but for the child caring for the parent in their home, they would have been admitted to a long term care facility 2 years earlier.
The caregiver child must have proof of residing with the parent. The child must actually reside in the home and not just visit sporadically. To prove that one is residing in the parent’s home, I would recommend doing the following:
This act allows individuals receiving government benefits such as Supplemental Social Security Income to save money for special needs they may have that otherwise would not be permitted to be used out of the government benefit funds.
The IRS issued changes to the Achieving a Better life Experience (ABLE) act. The contributions to this account have increased from $14,000.00 to $15,000.00. An account owner can contribute part or all of their income above the $15,000.00 limit except if their employer contributes to a work place retirement plan on their behalf.
The owner of their ABLE account can rollover funds from a 529 college savings plan into their ABLE accounts. For more information, visit the page on my website about The ABLE Act.
The Department of Human Services produces an annual summary of the dollar amounts they use to calculate the accessibility for medical assistance benefits for individuals and their spouses seeking to be covered by Medicaid. For more information, download the PDF of Pennsylvania Medicaid Figures for Year 2019.
If you want your child or grandchild to have certain brain skills such as paying attention, flexible thinking, and just remembering information, this website highlights ways to do that with your young children when brain development is crucial.
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