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Medicaid in Arizona and Long Term Care

Background Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or also known as AHCCCS, pronounced as “access,” is the name of Arizona’s Medicaid program. The state of Arizona, is a “1634” state which means that if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you will automatically qualify for AHCCCS, without filing a separate…

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Florida Medicaid

Background: Florida Medicaid services are administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration. The Department of Children and Families or the Social Security Administration (for individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) determines the eligibility for Medicaid in the state of Florida. Medicaid for Aged or Disabled: Medicaid eligibility for…

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What are Household Goods and Personal Effects?

Household Goods The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines household goods items that are the beneficiary’s personal property that is found in or near the beneficiary’s home and is used regularly. The Social Security Administration does not count household goods as resource to the individual (and spouse) if items full under…

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Purchasing or Selling a Home and its Impact on Public Benefits

Trustee Considerations When a beneficiary wishes to purchase home from his/her settlement proceeds that are placed into a First Party Special Needs Trust with CPT, CPT, as Trustee must consider the following: The amount of funds available for the purchase of the home. Projected future costs of the home such…

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Social Security Administration’s View on Automobiles/Vehicles

There are some items the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers exempt resources/assets. You are probably wondering, “What does that mean.” Such items are not counted against the $2,000 asset limit for individuals and the $3,000 asset limit for couples, are not counted in determining eligibility, and if a beneficiary has…

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In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program

What is IHSS? In Home Supportive Services, or also known as IHSSS, is a program that is a statewide program in California that is overseen by each county under the direction and administration of the California Department of Social Services. IHSS provides specific services for eligible individuals who are over…

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Obtaining a Benefit Verification Letter Online from the Social Security Administration

Obtaining a Benefit Verification Letter Online from SSA What is a Benefit Verification Letter? Are you unsure of which government benefits you are receiving? The Social Security Administration (SSA) can provide an individual with a letter that shows proof that an individual receives social security benefits, such as, Supplemental Security…

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How Can My Special Needs Trust Be Used Without Interfering With My SSI?

If a beneficiary receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Trustee, like CPT, is not permitted to give individuals cash reimbursements for the purchases he/she makes for himself/herself even if he/she has a receipt. Why? The reason is because if the trustee reimburses the beneficiary it will be considered unearned income…

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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 Administration (SSA) refers income paid as in-kind earned income as the value of food, clothing, shelter or…

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