Medicaid Planning for Long Term Care: California Style

41 American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC) Law Journal 331 (2016)

44 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2015 Last revised: 21 Sep 2016

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John A. Miller

University of Idaho College of Law

Vanessa Stroud

Law Office of Vanessa Stroud

Date Written: November 9, 2015

Abstract

California’s Medicaid program, “Medi-Cal”, differs significantly from programs in other states. This article sets out the major distinctions between California's program and other state programs as applied to long term care for disabled seniors. It illustrates the major planning techniques that are employed throughout the country and also those techniques that are available only in California.

Medicaid is the means tested, cooperative state and federal program that pays for much of the nursing home and other long term care in the United States. California’s uneven implementation of federal legislation regulating Medicaid over the last several decades has created many challenges and opportunities for disabled seniors that are specific to the Golden State. In presenting these challenges and opportunities, the article guides the reader through eligibility procedures and the long-term care planning process, delineates vital considerations for practitioners and their clients, and addresses important developments on the horizon.

Keywords: Medicaid, long term care, Medi-Cal, health care

Suggested Citation

Miller, John A. and Stroud, Vanessa, Medicaid Planning for Long Term Care: California Style (November 9, 2015). 41 American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC) Law Journal 331 (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2688243

John A. Miller (Contact Author)

University of Idaho College of Law ( email )

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United States
208-885-2257 (Phone)

Vanessa Stroud

Law Office of Vanessa Stroud ( email )

755 BAYWOOD DRIVE
PETALUMA, CA 94954
United States

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