200910.27
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New Medicaid Figures for 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the community spouse resource allowances (CSRA) and the maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance for 2009. The new minimum CSRA is $21,912 and the new maximum is $109,560. The new maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance is $2,739. The minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance remains $1,750 until…

200910.14
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CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is launching a new advocacy and education initiative to eliminate the Medicare “Improvement Standard,” which requires that Medicare beneficiaries be able to improve in order to qualify for coverage. The insistence that people must be able to get better unfairly restricts access to Medicare coverage and necessary health care. Although…

200907.22
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Irrevocable Trust fails at Medicaid Planning

The Massachusetts appeals court recently held that even though an irrevocable, income-only trust expressly prohibited distributions of principal, other provisions in the trust could conceivably permit the trustees to invade trust assets, and thus the trust is countable for Medicaid purposes. Doherty v. Director of Medicaid (Mass. App. Ct., Essex, No. 08-P-939, June 18, 2009). In 2000,…