January 3, 2019

The new year brings some important changes to the Oregon Medicaid eligibility figures. Effective January 1, 2019:

  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit standard is now $771/month for an individual and $1,157/month for a couple;

  • The personal needs allowance remains $63.10/month for nursing home residents ($90/month for an individual receiving a VA pension) and $172/month for residents in other community based care settings;

  • The OSIP maintenance standard for a person receiving in-home care services remains $1,271;

  • The room & board rate for waivered community based care facilities increased to $599/month;

  • The Long Term Care Income Cap increased to $2,313/month

  • The Minimum Commu...

January 3, 2019

Most special needs trusts (SNTs) are set up to benefit one individual.  But it’s possible to contribute to a trust where the funds of many people with special needs are “pooled.”   This kind of trust, called a pooled or (d)(4)(C) trust, may be a better option for some people than the conventional SNT, depending on the circumstances.

In a pooled trust, individual beneficiaries create accounts within a larger trust, which is managed by a non-profit association.  But as with an individual SNT, transfers into a pooled trust do not prevent a person with special needs from accessing government benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Funds in a pooled trust are used to supplement a beneficiary's governmen...

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