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The Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs: How to Keep Your Family Assets Protected - Up to Date Medicaid Secrets You Need to Know Paperback – April 20, 2008
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I was misled by the seven previous reviewers -- all from the summer of 2008 - who all rated this book at four or five stars. If you check, you'll find that some of these reviewers have only reviewed a few books, mostly published by Atlantic Publishing, and all rated (by them) at four or five stars. Draw your own conclusions.
Chapter 4, on asset protection, includes a number of pages on advanced directives, living wills, healthcare surrogate designations, and medical powers of attorney, great topics that are irrelevant to asset protection.
Chapter 8, "Creative ways to qualify for Medicaid", begins with two pages of anecdotes on various fraudulent practices. A dubious beginning, particularly as it includes some stories of provider fraud, which is again totally irrelevant to how elderly and their loved ones might qualify for Medicaid.
The book has useful information, but it's buried under obvious or irrelevant information. The index is no help. The only term indexed under F is "Family". When I wanted to refer back to the section on Miller trusts, my choices under M were "Married", "Meals", "Medical coverage", "MMMNA", and "Money".
This book contains an alphabetical list of Medicaid agencies for each state with address, phone, fax and web site and a short paragraph on the differences for each state listed in chapter 10. The book covers gifts and promissory notes to help when finances become tight. The book even covers alternative services to nursing homes because many states are trying to cut Medicaid costs by looking for alternatives to nursing homes. Each state has different ideas on how to do this. When looking into these programs for loved ones there are certain things one should look for. These are listed within the chapter within each type of program discussed. Probably most importantly chapter 14 deals with how to find a good elder care lawyer. This book even sports case studies, a bibliography and an index.
Although a wise purchase, a slightly difficult book to read because it has some very confusing parts
First, it is imperative that you become more knowledgeable about the Medicaid program to navigate all of the glitches within this system. Also, you will learn how to take accurate estimates of your assets (from properties to finances) to determine what is at risk to Medicaid. Remember that the rules in one state may vary from another state and status (single, married, etc) is taken into heavy account. The state takes a vested interest in various areas of your life once you decide on the Medicaid program. This book suggests that you consider annuities, gifts, wills and deeds as critical components in understanding Medicaid as well.
The Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs shares with you how to qualify for Medicaid by suggesting that you consider a number of conditions such as inflation protection and nursing home care. Needing care or being a caregiver is indeed a touchy subject that this book also addresses. The contact information of each U.S. state agency is included for direction on getting started. News on Medicaid in each state is incorporated for up-to-date knowledge.
There are policies, rules and regulations for every subject matter in this book, which signifies the seriousness of ensuring that your life's plan benefits the whole family.
JAM. CUSTOMERS UPSET AND WASTED PAPER
Most Recent Customer Reviews
material is dated but gives you a starting point. Need more info on Vetrans BenefitsNot a substitute for professional advicePublished on June 26, 2013 by irene madden
As a financial planner and "medicaid practitioner" I heartily recommend this book. It is accurate and up to date. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Npcoach
"The Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs" is an indispensable reference that contains all of the essential information you need to know when caring for your aging... Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by Kathryn Radeff
With more baby boomers joining an aging population, it's more important than ever for libraries to include Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs on their health... Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by Midwest Book Review