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When My Dad Applies for Medicaid, Will His New Wife’s Assets Be Counted Even Though They Have Kept Their Assets Separate?

Posted by Laura E. Stubberud | Oct 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Under the Medicaid rules, when one member of a married couple applies for benefits their combined assets and income must be reported to determine the eligibility of the nursing home spouse. However, there is an exception that is often used in cases of late, short-term marriages such as your father's. Often referred to as “just say no” or “spousal refusal,” your father's wife can refuse to cooperate with the process and your father's eligibility should be based on his income and assets alone. To learn more about this option, click here.

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Laura E. Stubberud

Laura Stubberud has over two decades of experience in the practice of estate and family law in Nevada. After graduation from UCLA, she studied law at Southwestern University School of Law , graduating in 1992. With over 25 years of practice in Clark County, Nevada, Ms. Stubberud has substantial e...


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