People with disabilities are often unable to earn much income on their own. As a result, they have limited resources, and they qualify for need-based government programs. Medicaid is a health insurance program for people with financial need, and Supplemental Security Income is a source of modest financial support that can be used to pay for basic needs.
If a person with a disability who is enrolled in these programs was to receive a direct inheritance, this would result in an improved financial status and a potential loss of eligibility. Under these circumstances, the inheritance could be used to fund a first party or self-settled special needs trust for the benefit of the inheritor.
Under program rules, the trustee could use the assets to enhance the beneficiary’s quality of life. The assets in a special needs trust could be utilized to pay for things that the government benefits do not cover. As long as no rules are violated, ongoing eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income would not be impacted.
We should emphasize the fact that the beneficiary could not directly control the actions of the special needs trust or directly handle the resources. The trustee would be the sole administrator, and the trustee would handle the transactions.
When a first party special needs trust has been established for the benefit of a person with a disability, after this individual’s death, the Medicaid program would seek recovery from his or her estate. As a result, the assets in the trust would be in play.
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