Help navigating Ohio Medicaid eligibility requirements. Any advice?

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We have spoken with ODJFS and I have tried navigating the complex web of medicaid online. I seem to be coming up with mixed answers and explanations...or maybe my mind is so jumbled that I can't keep it straight. I have considered finding an eldercare lawyer but am worried about the cost that he or she may charge for advice.


I am trying to help an individual who is legally blind and over 65 years old. He tried to apply for medicaid but was denied due to his assets. I thought I had read somewhere that a rental property could be considered an exemption when it came to determining financial eligibility. This individual owns a home in Ohio but does not live in it, however, he does rent it out. In Ohio, how does medicaid view rental properties? When one rents, does it count as an asset or an income? Is there a way to keep the rental property and still qualify for medicaid?


Thanks in advance!!

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Also contact your state's version of the Area Agency on Aging. They might have some good advice.
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Medicaid will not exempt the rental property, but if it is producing good income and the income is going to the patient's care (paying the nursing home) they will allow it to stay in place. Check your state's rules. Look at his sched E rental income and the net income becomes included for the Medicaid calculation.
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Have you accessed the State of Ohio website? You might find a phone # for their Medicaid agancy that you can call to get the onfo you need. Also, some elder care attorney firms offer a one time free consultation. Investigate this but also keep in mind that the fee for engaging an attorney may count toward the "spend down" that the Ohio Medicaid system MAY require.
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One question is he looking for health care coverage or nursing home coverage?
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Hire an elder care attorney.
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