Medi-Cal Planning

Medi-Cal Planning

While most people are familiar with Medicare (government health insurance available for those 65 and older), Medi-Cal is often misunderstood. A joint federal-state program, Medi-Cal (California's name for Medicaid) provides medical assistance to those who are 65 or older, disabled, or blind. Medi-Cal, unlike Medicare, has income and asset restrictions. 

Medicare does not pay for long-term care in the home or in a nursing facility. Medi-Cal provides for such care for those who qualify. Medi-Cal eligibility is determined by the amount of income and resources available to the applicant. Many people assume you have to be poor to qualify for Medi-Cal, but that is not true. With the right planning, many middle-class people can qualify before they become impoverished from paying for nursing home care. Medi-Cal Planning involves the purchasing, transferring, conversion and/or liquidating of assets to enable you or your loved one to qualify under Medi-Cal's two-prong test of income and resources.

Medi-Cal planning requires an understanding of regulations that involve "look-back" periods, income caps, transfer penalties, and waiting periods.
We can help you understand your options and make sense of the technical requirements imposed by Medi-Cal. 

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