Are the rules for Medicaid different in each state?
The rules for Medicaid are different in each state. Some states require you to use up all your assets first or transfer them to an irrevocable trust before applying for Medicaid. Some states do not allow you to do planning for Medicaid when you’re in the nursing home. In Florida you can actually be in a nursing home and still do what’s called crisis planning to obtain benefits under the Medicaid programs in Florida. Then there are other rules that are different with regard to homes. Some states require that you give up your home, sell it, transfer it for value, and the like. Florida has an exception for the home. It’s important to seek the assistance of somebody that understands the Medicaid laws in the state of Florida if you’re applying for benefits here.