On January 12, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments on multiple cases relating to the issue of Medicaid estate recovery. The hearing was the culmination of years of litigation in lower courts throughout the state. While many lower courts ruled in favor of the estates of individuals who received Medicaid benefits, the Court of Appeals often sided with state – and in my opinion – contrary to the law. It will likely be months before we know the final outcome, but hopefully the Supreme Court will not simply rubber stamp the state’s position and interpret the statute according to its clear language. Stay tuned for further updates.
In past issues of Elder Law Today, we have explained how the Medicaid laws work for married couples when one spouse needs nursing home care. The Spousal Impoverishment Provisions make it clear that the Medicaid program does not intend to impoverish one spouse because the other spouse requires nursing home care. Much of this is […]
Protecting assets from nursing home expenses is an issue that I am frequently asked about. Sometimes it may arise after a heart attack, stroke or other concern. Other times it may arise after a loved one moves into an assisted living facility or nursing home due to Alzheimer’s. Whatever the motivation, it is topic that […]
Doctors and physiologists are calling for increased awareness of the health risks associated with loneliness, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. A 2010 AARP study found that loneliness among adults age 45 and over is on the rise due to increased divorce rates, social media, and the increased prevalence of single person households. 35% […]