Justia Lawyer Rating
lawyer.com
Super Lawyers
NAELA
Martindale-Hubbell
AVVO
AFELA

Medicaid Look Back Period

Florida Medicaid Look Back Period

There are different Medicaid look back periods in Florida. A Medicaid look back is the time period that will be examined to determine if you have given away assets to anyone other than a spouse that would disqualify you from Medicaid coverage.

Prior to November 2007 the look back period for eligibility for Florida Medicaid coverage was 36 months. Beginning in November 2007 when the 2005 Debt reduction act was implemented in Florida the look back period changed to 60 months in Florida.

If there were disqualifying gifts, including gifts and donations to family, friends, religious organizations or charities, the gift could case a period of ineligibility for nursing home or Florida Medicaid coverage.

Prior to November 2007 Medicaid looked back at any gifts or transfers of assets for the previous 36 months. If gifts were made, you were allowed to reduce the gift by $5000 a month. This means that a 60,000 gift made in October 2007 would not disqualify you for Medicaid application filed after October 2008.

This all changed in 2007. The Federal government altered the Medicaid qualification by passing the Debt Reduction Act of 2005. In Florida this Act applies only to transfers of assets after November 2007. The look back period is now five years for everyone for gifts of transfers after November 2007. They are no longer discounted each month but can only be cured by a return of the asset or monetary equivalent or time.

If you have questions about the “look back” period or the specific needs affected by any transfers or would like more information about the “look back” period in Jacksonville or other areas of Florida, email our Jacksonville Florida Elder Law Lawyers or call us at 904-685-1200 to discuss your situation with a Jacksonville Florida Medicaid Planning Lawyer today.

For Medicaid related issues we offer a free 30 minute initial consultation.

Below are links to some recent Florida Medicaid articles.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
After years of trying to protect my assets from creditors, I was shocked to find out that my assets were unprotected in ways I had never considered. Not only had I placed my assets at risk from my mother's creditors, but I had placed my assets at risk from other family members who were intent on manipulation. When my mother died, I discovered that a family member had changed my mother's estate planning documents. Mr. Goldman and his team were able to explain what went wrong and successfully defended my position in court. During the case, I learned that I could have had much better protection from family and creditors, thus avoiding years of litigation and undue familial stress. When it comes to protecting your assets and your family, I would highly recommend hiring Mr. Goldman and his team. Bill H.
★★★★★
As a real estate agent, I have been involved with many property transactions where I needed a probate attorney to help facilitate the transaction. I have used the services of Mr. Goldman and his staff over the last several years and continue to use them on a regular basis. His office has been able to navigate the court system and help estates sell their property quickly and efficiently. In addition, Mr. Goldman can help real estate investors structure trusts to protect their assets from creditors. Michael Starling
★★★★★
She’ll help you save money and time! I spoke to Holli today to help with a traffic violation and she was nothing less than amazing! She replied to all of my emails in a timely manner and insured that i was well aware of all of my options. I will be reccomending Holli to anyone i know that needs legal care! Thank you so much for having patience and taking the time to genuinely help me. The best part about it is that her advice saved me a ton of money because i spoke to a different lawyer from another law firm and they tried to make me pay $1250 without even asking about my case. Thanks again Holli, you’re amazing! Theara
★★★★★
Result better then we could have asked for. Holli Dean Is the Best Lawyer you could ask for. She will go above and beyond for you case, She Cares about your children and their safety . She has this calm about her that even when you are a nervous wreck makes you feel better. She is one and a million and we are so beyond blessed that she has be here for us. I wouldn't trust anyone but Holli. Dale
★★★★★
This office is fantastic. I was faced with a horrible situation and this office helped to put an end to the untenable situation. Ms. Kendal Schoepfer was always available before, during, and after office hours to answer any questions that I had. I highly recommend this law office to all. Tisha Brown
★★★★★
Kendal was an amazing answer to a difficult time. Highly recommend her!!! Dana Ramsey