Medicaid and Veterans Benefits

In order for anyone with a disability or special need, including regular elder-related problems, to receive Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits, as appropriate, certain eligibility requirements must be identified and met. That process can be as complicated as it is confusing — and with outcomes often life-changing, there is simply no room for mistakes or delays.

Here at the Law Offices of Sharon L. Pope, we know that the importance of Medicaid and certain Veteran’s Benefits to potential recipients and their families cannot be overstated. As a result, counseling such clients as they prepare applications for such benefits is an important endeavor. Our attorneys are experienced with both the eligibility requirements and the qualification processes for both Medicaid and certain Veteran’s Benefits, and that proficiency goes a long way toward ensuring that all such applications are completed efficiently — and effectively.

Medicaid/Veterans Benefits Articles

The Power of a Power of Attorney
Part two in a series about how to provide legal, financial, and personal protection for those with a significant disability.

Connecticut Home Care Programs
Connecticut`s two home-care programs offer different levels of care and different requirements for eligibility.

Veteran`s Burial Benefits
All veterans of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are honorably discharged from the service are entitled to the veteran’s burial benefit. Certain National Guard and reserve members may also qualify. Depending upon the veteran’s circumstances and personal wishes, there are a number of burial choices available such as burial in a national cemetery, burial in a private cemetery, and cremation. Eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans are entitled to be buried at a national cemetery but not at a private cemetery. Certain burial expenses are absorbed by the family and not the federal government. As part of the planning process, we encourage veterans to review the information below, convey their wishes to their loved ones, and gather the necessary paperwork.

Veterans and Surviving Spouses: Aid and Attendance Pension
This article explains how the Veteran`s Aid and Attendance Pension works, including how to calculate the likely amount for which you could qualify. However, it’s important to remember that there are many different kinds of Veteran`s benefits and this is only one.

Medicaid Programs & Eligibility
Medicaid, or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, finances long-term care. It is a program based on financial need — a safety net for many people who are disabled or elderly and in need of long-term care, either in a convalescent facility or in a home-care setting. Financed with both state and federal money, Medicaid is administered in Connecticut by the Department of Social Services.

This is the first article in a two part series about how to help a loved one who is having difficulty managing his or her affairs.

Medicaid/Veterans Benefits Documents

Client Questionnaire for Married or Single
Please download and fill out this Client Questionnaire and bring it to your first consultation. This is for both Married and Single clients.
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Pooled Trusts Screening Tool
This document can be used as a screening tool for Pooled Trust eligibility. You may click on the document and print it for your personal use. Pooled Trusts are a type of special needs trust. Money in a pooled trust is not counted for Medicaid or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). These trusts are especially helpful for our seniors, age 65 or better, who seek home care benefits through the Medicaid Waiver.
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Veteran`s Aid and Attendance Pension
This article discusses how the Aid and Attendance Pension works for Veterans and Surviving Spouses.
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Medicaid/Veterans Benefits News

Attorney Sharon L. Pope attended the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 370: An Act Concerning Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage for Married Couples
Attorney Sharon L. Pope attended the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 370: An Act Concerning Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage for Married Couples.

Medicaid/Veterans Benefits Websites

Academy of Special Needs Planners
The goal of the Academy of Special Needs Planners is to provide attorneys in this field with all the practice aids they need to successfully fulfill their clients` needs.

Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
BIAC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with brain injury, their families, and caregivers while increasing the community’s understanding of brain injury and its prevention.

Spina Bifida Association of Connecticut
The mission of Spina Bifida Association of Connecticut is to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families.

State of Connecticut Probate Court
The state probate courts are also known as “family courts” because, in addition to overseeing decedents` estates and trusts, they handle a wide range of sensitive issues affecting children, the elderly, the mentally retarded, and the mentally ill.

Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.

State of Connecticut Department of Veteran Afffairs
It is the responsibility of the Office of Advocacy and Assistance to provide assistance to veterans, their eligible spouses and eligible dependents in obtaining veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws.