Jan 05, 2017 - 07:14 AM
As for paying rent, this is not typically required to receive Medicaid. However, Nevada's Medicaid program will have an "asset maximum," meaning that your mother's assets may not go above a certain level or she will be ineligible for Medicaid. Paying rent is one way to ensure she does not exceed this maximum. However, she could spend her income in other ways, such as paying for her food, her portion of the utilities, etc. She must pay for specific items, however, as "giving away" money could create issues with her Medicaid coverage. (Ex: You should have a system for splitting the utilities, food, etc. or a rental or care contract if she is paying you directly.) To get specific advice, assistance in filling out a Medicaid application, and advice regarding potential money saving strategies, I recommend you contact an elder law attorney in Nevada. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys website at www.naela.org has a Find an Attorney function to find an attorney in your state.