Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Big Five of Medicaid Myths

June 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Aaron D. Paker 

The Big 5. As a Medicaid specialist in an Elder Law Firm, I often get calls from adult children seeking help for their parents with declining health. The children want their parents to apply for Medicaid to help pay for increasing care costs, but the parents will not listen to them because “I/we won’t qualify.” I sit down with one or both parents to talk and I almost always hear at least one and sometimes all five of these myths: (1) I make too much money; (2) I have to be broke; (3) I have to spend the money on care...

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