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OBRA Pooled Trust Offered Exclusively by CPT Institute: A New Chapter in California Special Needs Planning

By: William Lindahl, Executive Director Special needs planning is a critical endeavor for individuals with disabilities, designed to ensure their financial security and access to essential care. With the upcoming…

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Pooled Income Trusts: A New Path for CPT Institute

By: William Lindahl, Executive Director A Pooled Income Trust is a strategic financial tool that enables individuals to have their funds managed by a charitable organization, which helps them maintain…

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Understanding the Value of a Pooled Special Needs Trust with CPT Institute for Elderlaw Attorneys

As an Elderlaw attorney, you are well aware that protecting the financial future of clients with special needs is a complex but critical task. One of the most effective tools…

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Understanding the Impact of OBRA 93 Trusts on Special Needs Planning in California

Special needs planning is an essential process for individuals with disabilities, aiming to secure their financial future and access to necessary care. With the recent changes in California’s Medi-Cal program,…

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Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.)

S.S.I. Law, Regulations, and S.S.A.’s Policy Manual By: Executive Director, Will Lindahl The legal framework for Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.) was established under 42 U.S.C. §§1381–1383f, and the regulations are…

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Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.)

S.S.I. Law, Regulations, and S.S.A.’s Policy Manual By: Executive Director, Will Lindahl The legal framework for Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.) was established under 42 U.S.C. §§1381–1383f, and the regulations are…

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Understanding the Childhood Disability Benefit (CDB): A Guide for Families

Navigating the world of social security benefits can be complex, especially when it comes to understanding entitlements for children with disabilities. The Childhood Disability Benefit (CDB) is a crucial program…

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The Impact of HOTMA on Housing and Trust Administration 2024

The landscape of housing assistance has undergone a significant transformation with the introduction of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). This comprehensive guide aims to provide insights into the…

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What is a Special Needs Trust? [The Complete Guide]

Special Needs Trusts April 10, 2023 What they are and how they can help you In order to qualify for government benefits like SSI and/or Medicaid as a result of…

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Medicaid’s Underestimated Value to Medicare Recipients

By Cameron Lindahl, M.S., Director of AdvocacyCPT Institute, A 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Charity Despite the similar terminology, Medicare and Medicaid are NOT the same regarding coverage or eligibility rules. The individuals…

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HOW THE 2018 POMS UPDATE AFFECTS TRUST BENEFICIARIES

How the 2018 POMS Update Affects Trust Beneficiaries By Cameron Lindahl, M.S. and David Lillesand, J.D The Social Security Administration (SSA) released amendments to the Program Operations Manual System (POMS)…

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DEEMING: HOW AN INDIVIDUAL’S INCOME & ASSETS AFFECT ANOTHER’S ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)

Deeming: How an Individual’s Income & Assets Affect Another’s Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) By: Cameron Lindahl, M.S. & Sara Toor, M.A.Revised March 2018 What is Deeming and Why…

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WHAT IS THE DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT?

What is the Deficit Reduction Act? By Sara Toor M.A. & Cameron Lindahl M.S. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, also known as DRA, is a Federal law that grants…

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PAYING DEBT WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST

Paying Debt with a Special Needs Trust Sara Toor, M.A. & Cameron Lindahl, M.S. ​ A Special Needs Trust (SNT) can pay past debt incurred by beneficiaries. This includes credit card…

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What Happens To My SSI and Medicaid Benefits If I Travel

If you travel outside the United States without taking proper precautions, you could lose your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid POMS: SI 02301.225 you are ineligible if…

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WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SSI BENEFITS IF I HAVE TO GO TO JAIL OR PRISON?

There are certain criteria that may jeopardize an individual’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or make him/her ineligible for benefits. Some specific situations that would cause an individual to become ineligible include, but…

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WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI) AND MEDICAID BENEFITS IF I TRAVEL?

What Happens to my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid Benefits if I Travel? By Cameron Lindahl M.S. and Sara Toor M.A. Without providing proper notice, recipients of SSI may…

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WHAT IF A BENEFICIARY RECEIVES A FEDERAL TAX REFUND?

What if a Beneficiary Receives a Federal Tax Refund? Sara Toor, M.A. & Cameron Lindahl, M.S.  ​When beneficiaries file taxes they may receive a federal tax refund and even a…

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WHAT IS EARNED INCOME?

Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will lose eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if he/she receives earned income. Earned income may be cash or in kind. The Social Security…

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WHAT IS MAGI?

MAGI is known as modified adjusted gross income. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA)it provides an easier way to calculate income eligibility for Medicaid through the insurance marketplace. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has actually…

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WHAT IS THE BENEFIT ASSIST APP/TOOL?

What is the Benefit Assist App/Tool? William Lindahl, MBA, CLPF & Sara Toor, M.A ​Benefit Assist is an open source program software that was created by Intuit in 2015 originally…

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WHAT IS THE HARTMAN FORMULA?

What is the Hartman Formula? By Sara Toor M.A. & Cameron Lindahl M.S.  ​If you are an Applicant Attorney or an individual that works extensively with individuals who will be…

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WHY IS MY MARITAL STATUS IMPORTANT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has different guidelines for individuals that are single or unmarried and for individuals who are married when determining benefit eligibility. Since Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program, the…

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