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 affected the worst by this misconception have an anticipated need for long-term care services. Only Medicaid covers these services, including skilled nursing facilities (i.e., nursing…

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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) this year and changed many of the ways recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and in some cases Medicaid, can utilize their Special Needs Trusts…

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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 Does it Exist?The most common form of deeming is referred to as Parental deeming.  This is when a parent’s income and/or assets are counted towards the…

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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 states the ability to modify their Medicaid programs. This allows individual states to reform their Medicaid programs to fit with the present health care environment…

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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 debt or cash loans. This text will address the rules and limitations associated with paying past debt properly. It is important to remember that for…

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