Hospital Observation or Admission

WERE YOU “ADMITTED” TO THE HOSPITAL OR WERE THEY MERELY “OBSERVING YOU” Everyone knows the rule (but they really don’t) that if you enter a nursing home after a three-day stay in a hospital, Medicare will pay the nursing home bill for a while. That is simply not the case. For the last few years, in a cost-cutting ruse, Medicare […]

WERE YOU “ADMITTED” TO THE HOSPITAL OR WERE THEY MERELY “OBSERVING YOU”

Everyone knows the rule (but they really don’t) that if you enter a nursing home after a three-day stay in a hospital, Medicare will pay the nursing home bill for a while. That is simply not the case. For the last few years, in a cost-cutting ruse, Medicare has been cajoling hospitals not to admit patients to the hospital, […]

What is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

A Supplemental  Needs Trust (SNT) is a discretionary, spendthrift trust created for a person (beneficiary) who has a disability or is elderly and is designed as a way to supplement and enhance the lifestyle of the beneficiary and specifically not to supplant  the person’s public benefits. Public benefits  include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and Section 8 Housing. One […]

What to do with small tort awards

This article assumes a basic knowledge of both SSI and Medicaid for the disabled person. We also assume you have some knowledge of a Supplemental Needs Trust; if not, simply click here. (more…)

Odin Anderson & Other v. American International Group, Inc

Anderson v Aig Court s Findings and Conclusions April 2014

Mullen on Medicaid Leins

When a person received Medicaid (MassHelath) benefits, the state can try to recover any assistance  they have paid out  upon your death. This means  if you receive Medicaid assistance, when you die, the state can try and recover any money spent on your Medicaid from your estate.  MassHealth will place a lien on your property for payment they have […]

Tom Mullen on Probate

When someone passes away, ownership of their property is transferred to either their heirs or beneficiaries. If the deceased has written a will, then their assets and property will be passed down according to the stipulations of the will to the named beneficiaries. If the deceased did not leave a will, however, then the state will decide how their […]

What is Medicaid?

Federal Law defines Medicaid as health insurance for those who are needy. It is funded jointly by the Federal and State governments. It covers children, the elderly, as well as those who are disabled. Those who are eligible to receive income from the Federal government (SSI) are automatically eligible for Medicaid. Others must meet either strict income or asset […]

Attorney Thomas R Mullen on Life Estates

When writing a will, someone may also wish to leave property or funds to a loved one without going through probate. Simply writing the will is simply not enough to avoid probate. For those who wish to leave a home to their loved ones, but wish to make sure that probate is avoided, a life estate is a good […]

Special Needs Trust & Supplemental Needs Trust

In estate planning, people often wish to leave property or funds to loved ones who are on Medicaid, and /or those who receive Supplemental Security Income. Unfortunately, making such a person a beneficiary in a trust can sometimes jeopardize their right to continue receiving such benefits. In accident cases the Federal government can place a lien on the property […]