Getting ready to apply for Medicaid (my mother), if I buy groceries for my father does that count as a "gift" during the look back period?

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I would check this out with Medicaid. Food is a necessity. If his finances are such he can't afford it, then as his child you should provide this for him. I can't see a necessity as a gift. Same thing with paying utility bills so he has heat and light. Really, is the Medicaid that cruel to not allow the surviving spouse his basic needs?
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Is he giving you money to buy groceries? Or are you buying groceries with your own money?

If he is giving you money, yes it will be considered a gift. Hopefully you can provide receipts for any transactions that you were given money for to show they are folks expenses.
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A person is allowed to by him or herself food. Do you have. POA?
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