Answer: Medicaid will probably be able to pay for your father’s stay at the nursing home if the nursing home accepts Medicaid for payment. Under Medicaid in many States (please confirm this with an elder law attorney in your state), the spouse living in the community (that is, your mother), is allowed to keep a certain amount of cash assets and a house of any value as long as they live in the house. If your mother was in Illinois, she would be able to keep $109,560 in cash plus a house of any value. So, I don’t think the nursing home is being that truthful to you. Please see an Elder Law attorney in your state to learn the options you mother has.
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Ben A. Neiburger, JD, CPA
Neiburger Law, Ltd.
Elmshurst, Illinois 60126
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Illinois chapter
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