March 7-13, 2021 This week: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidance for nursing homes to allow visitation at all times: … facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident, or visitor, unless certain scenarios arise that would limit visitation [...]

Download the pdf: DHA Case No. MDV 45/86382 (Wis. Div. Hearings and Appeals Nov. 19, 2007) (DHS) This decision finds that transferring a remainder interest in the residence to an adult caretaker daughter was not a divestment. The petitioner met the requirements for the exception to divestment in the Medicaid Eligibility Handbook. ALJ Kelly Cochrane [...]

February 21-27, 2021 This week, there’s no new law but some interesting news about potential future legislation. The news Last week, the Retirement Security Task Force released its final report and recommendations. Read the AP News story here, or read the report itself here (pdf). The report finds that by 2030, Wisconsin’s 65-and-older population will [...]

Download the pdf: DHA Case No. MRA 135337 (Wis. Div. Hearings and Appeals Feb. 10, 2012) (DHS) This decision establishes that revocable annuities held in a community spouse’s IRA are not countable assets. In a spousal impoverishment case, the community spouse’s retirement accounts are generally not counted. But the Medicaid Eligibility Handbook also says that revocable [...]