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Medicaid Asset Rules and Pitfalls to Avoid: Transfers, Conversions, Asset Limits, Level of Care, Exempt Assets

Look Back Periods, Transfers and Gifts of Assets, Purchase of Exempt Assets, Conversion of Assets into Noncountable Assets

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, July 15, 2021

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This CLE course will provide elder law attorneys an in-depth analysis of the Medicaid assets, transfers, and conversion rules, common challenges, and methods to overcome them. The panel will discuss strategies for navigating asset limits, level of care requirements, lookback periods, purchase of exempt assets, converting assets into noncountable assets, and more.


Medicaid assets, transfers, and conversion rules cause much confusion amongst elder law attorneys. Practitioners advising the senior population must understand the medical criteria, qualification standards for Medicaid, how assets are classified, limitations, lookback periods, and rules for purchasing or converting assets.

The assets held by an applicant largely determine Medicaid eligibility, but not all assets are treated the same. Rules for married couples are particularly complex when implementing asset protection and spend-down strategies. Counsel with elderly clients must navigate applicable rules and asset limits, qualifying asset transfer requirements, methods to convert assets to noncountable assets, and key provisions for Medicaid trusts.

Listen as our panel of elder law attorneys guides counsel in navigating limitations, level of care requirements, lookback periods, purchase of exempt assets, conversions, and more.



  1. Medicaid eligibility criteria
  2. Transfers and penalties
  3. Asset conversions
  4. Medicaid trusts and taxes
  5. Best practices for elder law attorneys


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the Medicaid eligibility requirements?
  • What are the asset limits, level of care, and lookback periods?
  • How do transfers, gifts of assets, and purchase of exempt assets factor into Medicaid planning?
  • How can you convert assets into noncountable assets?
  • What are the key considerations for Medicaid trusts and tax implications?
  • What is the Medicaid penalty period for improper transfers?


Brancato, Laura
Laura M. Brancato

Littman Krooks

Ms. Brancato focuses her practice on elder law, medicaid planning, estate litigation and planning and special education...  |  Read More

Miller, Brian
Brian L. Miller

Littman Krooks

Mr. Miller is an attorney who assists clients with various aspects of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate...  |  Read More

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