Medi-Cal
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does skilled nursing home care typically cost?

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    Without Medi-Cal eligibility, a skilled nursing home resident can expect to pay between $7,500 and $13,750 per month for standard care. An eligible Medi-Cal recipient often only pays a small fraction of their skilled nursing home expenses.
  2. When should I begin planning for Medi-Cal eligibility?

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    The sooner, the better. Early Medi-Cal eligibility planning provides you with more options, including the creation of estate planning documents with specific "Medi-Cal Planning Language." This ensures additional options to protect your assets even if you become mentally incapacitated.
  3. Is it ever too late to begin Medi-Cal eligibility planning?

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    Of course it is never too late for Medi-Cal qualification and effective strategies can still be implemented in emergency situations. Our typical case falls within this category of emergency Medi-Cal planning when a nursing facility patient is faced with substantial private pay obligations.
  4. How long does Medi-Cal eligibility and qualification planning take?

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    Our firm specializes in preparing appropriate Medi-Cal qualification plans for emergency situations. We are usually able to qualify our clients for Medi-Cal effective the first day of the month in which our services have been retained (or possibly even three months retroactively).
  5. I am already receiving California Medi-Cal benefits. Can I still benefit from Medi-Cal planning?

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    Absolutely! Proper Medi-Cal planning could reduce or eliminate your "Share of Cost" co-payment obligation and protect your home and other assets from Medi-Cal estate recovery. Various asset protection strategies are even available for mentally incapacitated Medi-Cal patients.
  6. Will Medi-Cal take my house?

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    A major concern of our clients is that their home be absolutely protected from Medi-Cal estate recovery. Our firm is highly experienced in preparing and implementing innovative strategies to protect all assets from Medi-Cal, especially the home. This is a crucial step of Medi-Cal planning.
  7. Can't I just give away my assets to immediately qualify for Long Term Care Medi-Cal benefits?

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    Medi-Cal has strict regulations concerning gift transfers. Improper transfers may result in a significant penalty period in which you cannot receive Medi-Cal benefits. Transfers can also have significant tax ramifications. Prior to making any gifts, consult an experienced Medi-Cal attorney.
  8. In what amount may Medi-Cal make a claim against my estate? Can I leave any assets to my children?

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    Medi-Cal is limited to the amount of benefits provided OR the value of the Medi-Cal beneficiary's estate (whichever is less). Our firm specializes in protecting the entire estate from Medi-Cal recovery, allowing our clients to leave a lasting legacy for their beneficiaries.

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