Thursday, March 08, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West
5401 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
$339 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- NJ CLE - 7.20
- NY CLE - 7.00
- PA CLE - 6.00
CPE for Accountants
- CPE for Accountants/NASBA - 7.00
- Financial Planners - 7.00
- NAB/NCERS - 6.00
Stay on the Cutting Edge of Medicaid Practice
Skyrocketing health and long-term care costs are putting added pressure on your aging clients to find a way to afford assisted care. This focused course is dedicated to helping you offer the most current and effective Medicaid planning. Get detailed instruction on fulfilling all four eligibility criteria, with special focus on excluded assets, qualifying transfer techniques, and estate recovery rules. Register today!
- Hear the latest changes to in-home care services coverage under the ACA and PACE.
- Clear up out-of-state coverage issues before applying for Medicaid.
- Find new ways to transfer assets without risking eligibility.
- Determine what assets count as "without saleable value" for purposes of qualified transfers.
- Walk through the Medicaid application, hearing and appeal steps; and get tips on speeding up the process.
- Prevent malpractice with legal ethics guidance tailored to Medicaid practice challenges.
- Make better use of waivers and estate recovery exemptions.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar will give you all the information you'll need to qualify clients for Medicaid and is designed for:
- Nursing Home Administrators
- Accountants and CPAs
- Financial Planners
- Investment Advisers
- Geriatric Care Managers
- Is Medicaid Right for Your Client?
- Legal Ethics
- Income Eligibility
- Qualifying Asset Transfers: Which Techniques Work
- Application Process, Appeals and Post-Eligibility Issues
- Excluded vs. Countable Assets
- Liens, Estate Recovery and Hardship Waivers
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal EducationCredit Hrs State
CLE 7.20 - NJ*
CLE 7.00 - NY*
CLE 6.00 - PA*
Financial Planners – Financial Planners: 7.00
National Association of Board of Nursing Home Administrators – NAB/NCERS: 6.00
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy – CPE for Accountants/NASBA: 7.00 *
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- IS MEDICAID RIGHT FOR YOUR CLIENT?
9:00 - 10:00, Steve Miller
- Is Medicaid the Right Solution for the Client?
- Citizenship and Residency
- Application for Other Benefits
- Client and Agency Responsibilities (Reporting Changes of Income)
- Out-of-State Coverage
- New and Amended Eligibility Categories under the ACA
- Medicaid Coverage vs. Private Alternatives
- ACA and PACE Eligibility: Recent Changes to In-Home Care Services Coverage
- Four Basic Eligibility Criteria in a Nutshell
- Partial Eligibility and Share of Cost
- LEGAL ETHICS
10:00 - 11:00, Steve Miller
- Conflicts of Interest when Representing Both Spouses
- Protecting Confidentiality
- Attorney Fees
- Mental Capacity in Elder Law
- Practical Scenarios - What Would You Do?
- INCOME ELIGIBILITY
11:15 - 12:00, Steve Miller
- How MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) is Calculated
- Common Risks to Income Eligibility
- Monthly Maintenance Need Allowance for the Community Spouse
- QUALIFYING ASSET TRANSFERS: WHICH TECHNIQUES WORK
1:00 - 1:45, Erik D. Spurlin
- Timing of the Transfers
- DRA and Look-Back Period
- Transfer Penalty
- Penalty Beginning Date
- Partial Months of Ineligibility
- What Counts as a Gift for Purposes of Medicaid Planning?
- Repayment of Debts and Prepayment of Expenses: Creative Uses
- Recording Purchase of Exempt Assets
- Treatment of IRAs and Retirement Accounts
- Purchase of a Life Estate
- Planning with Promissory Notes and Annuities
- The Reverse Half-Loaf Income Technique
- How to Protect the Community Spouse
- Reverse Mortgage: Legitimate Solution or Scam Artist's Dream?
- Other Exempt Transfers
- Timing of the Transfers
- APPLICATION PROCESS, APPEALS AND POST-ELIGIBILITY ISSUES
1:45 - 2:30, Erik D. Spurlin
- Application Procedure Step-by-Step
- Supporting Documentation to Include with the Submission
- Medicaid Fair Hearings Case Presentation Tips
- Crisis Planning to Shorten Penalty Period and Restore Eligibility
- Appeal Procedure
- Solving Overpayment Problems
- EXCLUDED VS. COUNTABLE ASSETS
2:45 - 3:45, Aviv S. Bliwas
- Community Spouse Resource Allowance and CSRA Appeal
- Assets Without Saleable Value
- Insurance and Other Assets Being Converted
- When are Bank Accounts Excluded?
- Creating Burial Contracts/Funeral Trusts
- Disaster Relief Act and Other Excluded Government Payment Programs (Reparation Payments, Alaskan Native Claims, Nazi Persecution Payments, etc.)
- Earned Income Tax Credit
- Garden/Wood Plots and Other Property Used for Home Consumption
- Limits on Household Goods
- Income-Producing Property
- Insurance Settlements
- Life Estates/Life Leases and Their Impact on Estate Planning
- When Life Insurance Becomes Countable
- Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Fund Shares
- Valuation of Assets for Eligibility Purposes
- LIENS, ESTATE RECOVERY AND HARDSHIP WAIVERS
3:45 - 4:30, Aviv S. Bliwas
- Estate Recovery Rules
- Hardship Waivers
- Estate Recovery Exemption with Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance Policy
- Claim Reduction
AVIV S. BLIWAS, with The Law Offices of Aviv S. Bliwas, LLC practices elder law, Medicaid planning, estate planning, and veteran's benefits. Ms. Bliwas is licensed to practice before the Veterans Administration. She speaks and writes on elder law matters for various groups. Ms. Bliwas is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Dauphin County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She earned her undergraduate degree at Tulane University and graduated law school from the University of Pittsburgh.
STEVE MILLER is an attorney with The Law Office of James Clark, where he specializes in asset protection, estate planning, elder care and other legal services. He received his B.A. degree from DePauw University, his master's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his J.D. degree from Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. He is a member of WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel.
ERIK D. SPURLIN is a Certified Elder Law Attorney practicing solely in the areas of estate planning & administration and long-term care planning. Prior to establishing his own firm in Red Lion, York County, Mr. Spurlin was a principal of the Elder Law Firm of Robert Clofine and an associate of Appel & Yost, practicing in the areas of estate planning & administration, long-term care planning and tax law. He also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John S. Kennedy of the York County Orphans’ Court. Mr. Spurlin earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law, where he also received his LL.M. degree, in Taxation, with distinction. During this time he earned a Certificate in Estate Planning and was the sole recipient of the Joseph Price Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Tax Law for 2010. Mr. Spurlin is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science, and master’s degree, summa cum laude, in International Relations.
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Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:
Continuing Legal Education
National Association of Board of Nursing Home Administrators
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy