Arizona Senior Law Blog

IRA May Have to be Closed for ALTCS

Question: My mother has monthly income of about $1,400, about $1,800 in her checking account, and a small IRA with a balance of about $45,000. She needs long-term care, and I understand that Arizona Long Term Care System provides coverage to those with less than $2,000 of resources and less than $2,199 of monthly income. Will ALTCS count the IRA as part of my mom’s resources?

Gift Won’t Delay Eligibility for 5 Years

Question: Last year, I gave about $13,000 to each of my three children. I spoke with my financial planner about paying for long-term care, and she advised me that since I gave away about $39,000, I would have to wait a full five years before I can qualify for any government assistance to pay for my long-term care. Is this true?

Determining the Cost of ALTCS

Question: My neighbor informed me that when her mother got on the Arizona Long Term Care System program, ALTCS garnished her Social Security income. My dad now needs long-term care, but my mom relies on his Social Security income to pay her mortgage. Will ALTCS garnish my dad’s Social Security if he applies for benefits?

Changes to Long-Term Care

Question: Can you tell me if the Arizona Long Term Care System income and resource requirements have changed for 2015?

VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty

Question: In a previous article, you indicated that in determining Veterans Administration Pension eligibility the VA does not set forth any penalties for the uncompensated transfer of assets. You also indicated that this might be changing. Have any changes to this law occurred?

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