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How do you protect your assets from Medicaid?


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Answered 2009-12-09 21:49:18

The short answer is, you don't. Medicaid (and your fellow taxpayers) expect you to use your assets to pay for your medical care. The only way to "protect" your assets is to transfer them to someone else prior to the time you expect to need Medicaid (for nursing home care, at least 60 months prior), or spend them on some legitimate purpose for which you receive "fair market value."

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