The transfer by the applicant’s spouse must be a real gift transfer. If the adult child, for example, is only holding the assets, it probably really is a trust. In that case, the transfer could either cause a period of ineligibility or simply result in the assets continuing to be counted as available to the applicant.
Archive for November, 2020
If you are an smoker, you are likely to have bad breath and stained teeth, just for starters. Smoking may make it take longer to recover from a pulled tooth and periodontal treatment. Long-term smoking can raise the chances of oral cancer. And so does your age.
If you find a wound or sore area on your tongue or anywhere in your mouth, have it examined and keep a close eye on it.
If a Medi-Cal applicant’s spouse transfers assets, will that result in any period of ineligibility for nursing home care?
Generally, California will not impose any period of ineligibility for nursing home care on the applicant if his or her spouse previously transferred assets. The exception is if the asset/resource transferred originally belonged to the applicant. In that case, a disqualification period will be imposed if the spouse received the assets from the applicant before the applicant went into the nursing home and then transferred them to a third party. This is because the Medi-Cal rules differ for a “community spouse” and an “individual spouse”. If the spouses wait until one of them goes into the nursing home, the spouse will be a “community spouse”. Then a transfer of property from the spouse in the nursing home to the community spouse that is then transferred to a third party, does not trigger any period of ineligibility
With braces there can be a misconception that only kids or young adults can have braces. However, there is no age limit for correcting misaligned (crooked) teeth. If you want to improve your appearance or bite, a dentist or orthodontist can fit you for braces. It is more common than you may think.
If a person applies for Medi-Cal, can they have a principal residence in another state (outside of California) and still qualify for Medi-Cal?
Yes, but the person has to distinguish between “principal residence” and “primary residence”. In other words, they can have a principal residence anywhere, as long as they eventually return to it to live. In order to qualify for Medi-Cal, a person must show that they are presently living in California with the intention to remain permanently, or for an indefinite period. A person could be living in a California nursing home with the intention to remain indefinitely, but still have the intention to eventually return to
Having sensitive teeth can happen to anyone, at any age. Your gum tissue pulls back from your teeth, uncovering some of the root. This can make the area sensitive to temperature hot and cold.
Can a nursing home resident give away their income, or does it need to be spent on medically necessary care? Let us say a person is in a nursing home and wants to give their grandchild $50 for their birthday. Can they do that?
There is currently no transfer of income penalty in California. However, a nursing home resident’s income must be used to meet their SOC, or Medi-Cal will pay for NO services during that month. The nursing home resident is allowed only $35 for personal needs. It is fine if he/she wants to give their $35 away, but then there will be nothing for personal needs unless the individual wants to dip into their $2,000 property reserve. Funds from their $2,000 property reserve may also be given away without penalty. When funds are used from the $2,000 property reserve, the reserve can be increased the following month to the $2,000 limit
It is important to know that age in and of itself is not a dominant or sole factor in determining your oral health. However, certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, may make brushing or flossing teeth difficult to impossible to perform. Drugs can also affect oral health and may make a change in your dental treatment necessary. The inability to go to the dental office to due lack of mobility. If you have these type of issues that are keeping you from having the best oral health care you can have. You may want to look into a mobile dentist. A mobile dentist comes to you when you can not go to them.
Denture-induced stomatitis. First stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Ill-fitting dentures, poor dental hygiene, or a buildup of the fungus Candida albicans can cause this condition, which is inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture.
The Medi-Cal “Look-Back” period in California is 30 months. “Transfer” means an outright gift or a “sale” made at less than “fair market value.” If a disqualifying transfer of property is made, Medi-Cal will calculate the period of ineligibility for nursing facility level of care. It will be the number of months resulting when the “net fair market value” of the transferred asset, which would have resulted in excess property at the time of the transfer, is divided by the monthly average private nursing facility cost. In
Periodontitis also known as Gum disease is caused by plaque and made worse by food left in teeth, use of tobacco products, poor-fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, and certain diseases, such as anemia, cancer, and diabetes, this is often a problem for older adults.
What are the community spousal resource limits for 2002 when qualifying for the Medi-Cal nursing home benefit?
The 2002 community spouse resource allowances are $89,280 in assets and $2,232 in monthly income. For a married couple with one spouse in a nursing home and the other spouse at home, the spouse at home may keep up to $89,280 in resources (property and other assets) while the spouse in a nursing home may keep $2,000. The spouse at home may keep all of the income received in his or her name, regardless of the amount. If the amount is below $2,232 per month, the spouse in the nursing home may
Seniors and Diminished sense of taste: While advancing age impairs the sense of taste, diseases, medications, and dentures can also contribute to this sensory loss.
Can a facility transfer or discharge a resident out of the facility because of a change in the resident’s method of payment from private or long-term care insurance payment to Medi-Cal payment?
Generally, no. The only exception is if the facility is not certified to accept payment from the Medi-Cal program. In that case, the facility would be allowed to transfer or discharge the resident if the resident’s stay is no longer covered by long-term care insurance and he/she is unable to continue to pay privately. However, the facility is required to inform residents of this possibility at the time they are admitted to the facility.
Changes in dentin to some extent can be a cause of darkened teeth. Additional causes can include a lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages, which is also caused by thinning of the outer enamel layer that lets the darker yellower dentin show through. However, a darkened tooth or teeth may also be a sign of a more serious dental problem and you should have it checked by your dentist.