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Considering friends and family in special needs planning

Most Atlanta parents spend time thinking about their children's futures. However, when parents have a child with a disability or other special needs, they need to carefully consider their children's futures in order to avoid jeopardizing any government programs or aid they may need in the future. For this reason, they ordinarily engage in special needs planning in order to provide for their children into adulthood and after they pass away.

Helping you navigate the special needs planning process

Any parent will attest that they want what is best for their child. This can look vastly different from family to family and from child to child. However, understanding what is best for a child means considering the needs of the child currently and in the future. For children with special needs, it can feel overwhelming to consider the future care of the child when it is currently a challenge to meet his or her changing needs. Nevertheless, it is still possible to provide for these future needs while still providing for other loved ones in the event of your death.

Introduction to the Medicaid Look-Back

As previous posts on our blog have explained, Georgia residents can qualify for Medicaid, if they meet certain asset and income requirements. The reason is that Medicaid is designed to help those who have a financial need for assistance with their health care costs.

Income and Medicaid eligibility

Most Georgia residents rely on an income in order to pay their bills and to provide for their families. Oftentimes, their incomes come from their wages, commissions, tips and other pay from the work that they perform. However, individuals may have other sources of income that can affect his or her eligibility for Medicaid.

How do proposed Medicaid changes affect me?

Georgia residents may be following the news around the governor's proposal to marginally expand Medicaid through a delayed waiver application process. The announcement was made recently-adults earning up to $12,000 a year could sign up for health care coverage. This would expand the program to around 50,000 people, provided they continue to work, complete job training and attend school.

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