October Brings Bitcoin Rules and Waiver Snapshot Clarity

By Doug Chalgian on September 11, 2022

  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has given notice of Medicaid policy changes taking effect October 1, 2022.  I’ll comment on two of those changes:...

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Medicaid Planners Consider Move to Circuit Court

By Doug Chalgian on July 31, 2022

  Over the years I’ve written about many appellate cases which began when an attorney went to court to engage in Medicaid planning.  Almost all of those cases...

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COA Makes Miraculous Medicaid Turnaround

By Doug Chalgian on May 28, 2022

  Last week I posted about a Court of Appeals opinion called In Re Richard Lee Conrad.  In that post, I complained that a three-judge panel of the...

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COA Issues Misguided Opinion on Medicaid Planning

By Doug Chalgian on May 22, 2022

  In the end, the only thing that matters about this case is that it is unpublished.  And that’s good.  Otherwise, Conrad v Michigan Department of Health and...

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COA Upholds Separate Maintenance for Medicaid Planning

By Doug Chalgian on March 19, 2022

  Stacy v Stacy, involves the validity of a separate maintenance agreement entered into for Medicaid planning purposes. [Click on the name to read the case.] Husband is...

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Medicaid Letter has Advocates Looking Up

By Doug Chalgian on February 2, 2022

  A recent letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has advocates excited about the possibility that the end may be near for the income...

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Medicaid Modifies Vehicle Exclusion

By Doug Chalgian on October 19, 2021

  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has decided to update the definition of “vehicle” in the context of its long-term care Medicaid programs.  As you...

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Crowing About David Shaltz

By Doug Chalgian on January 23, 2021

Proud this morning of my friend and colleague David Shaltz for his involvement in an important case out of Minnesota.  David isn’t licensed there, but he was allowed...

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COA Delivers Lump of Coal to Medicaid Planners

By Doug Chalgian on December 18, 2020

In the combined cases of Schroeder v DHHS and Almy v DHHS , the Michigan Court of Appeals’ imposes severe punishment on the use of probate court protective...

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Medicaid Spend Down on “Household Goods” to become more Difficult

By Doug Chalgian on September 5, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released new language for the Bridges Eligibility Manual yesterday, which includes a change to the definition of “Household Goods.” ...

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Doug Chalgian

About The Author: Doug Chalgian

I am an estate planning, probate litigating, elder law attorney. This is a blog for clients and professional colleagues. In it I offer my ideas about the state of the law and the practice of law. I believe we are living through a unique period during which the law (which is traditionally slow to change) and society are attempting to evolve to address the explosion of people living long lives. I find these developments fascinating and enjoy being involved in this evolution.