Bankruptcy Should Not Affect Medicaid Eligibility of Co-Owner of Account

 In Long-Term Care Planning

Question:

I recently was added to a relative’s mutual fund account as a co-owner. If I were to file for bankruptcy and lost the account, could Medicaid seek a penalty against these funds if my relative entered a nursing home within five years after the judgement?

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Response:

While it’s impossible to predict with certainty what any Medicaid agency may do, the bankruptcy should not affect your relative’s Medicaid eligibility because it would be totally outside of his hands. However, adding your name to the account in the first place would be considered a transfer making your relative ineligible for Medicaid coverage for the subsequent five years.

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