Wednesday, September 28, 2016
John A. Miller & Vanessa S. Stroud recently published an Article entitled, Medicaid Planning for Long-Term Care: California Style, 41 Am. C. Tr. & Est. Couns. 331 (Fall 2015/Winter 2016). Provided below is an abstract of the Article:
In this article, we explain both the federal and state structure of Medicaid and illustrate planning opportunities for disabled seniors and their families in California. Every state Medicaid program is unique, but in its current form, California’s program, “Medi-Cal,” is substantially different from the others. These differences create challenges for practitioners, and also afford practitioners significant planning opportunities unavailable elsewhere. Practitioners should note, using California techniques in other states could lead to disastrous results. We will delineate the major differences between Medi-Cal and Medicaid in most other states along the way. We also examine the ways in which California law is likely to change over the coming years. Thus, this article serves two purposes: first to explain current law and planning practices in California on a comparative basis and, second, to educate about the important changes that are on the horizon.