Can My Mom Take Out a Home Equity Loan on a House in Her Name Without Affecting My Dad’s Medicaid Benefits?

My dad is in a nursing home and qualified for Medicaid nearly three years ago. My mom still lives in their home in Pennsylvania. The deed was transferred into her name alone during Medicaid’s “spend down” period. She was planning to take out a home equity loan, but she has been told it might jeopardize my dad’s Medicaid eligibility. Is this true?

Can I Transfer My Grandmother’s Car to My Name Without Causing a Medicaid Penalty Period?

An elder law attorney suggested the purchase of a vehicle as a way to protect some of my grandma’s assets. While this would be excluded during the Medicaid spend-down, what can we do to prevent the car from being taken by estate recovery after she passes? I was told to do a title transfer from her name to mine after she is qualified for Medicaid. Is it really that simple?

2021 Update: “Basics” of Medicaid and Nursing Homes

By James S. Rizzo, Esq.* “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill There is very little “basic” about Medicaid. When faced with a life altering long term nursing home stay, it is important to consult a professional to review your family’s assets and income and to determine the best option, if any,…

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