Im wanting to try and get some information for a friend of mine. He is 57 years old and lives in Iowa. He owns a few properties and was approved for Medicaid. His income is under the requirements, trust me. These house are very low cost like 25 grand. So the look back period, does it only work when applying for Medicaid. Or does Medicaid also do this after you pass. Trying to protect assets, but he feels the need to make sure that Medicaid gets one of the properties at least to pay back his debt. Not in nursing home and will most likely not be in one ever. He has been told that Medicaid looks back 5 years after death and any assets moved around to relative or maybe add name on of the titles of home to help protect it, will be raked back and taken. I'm not saying hes trying to scam anyone this man is so honest its awesome. These homes are not worth very much. He just wanted to leave something for family. He has a lawyer but I don't feel she's telling him everything and he's being told to do something that may hurt him. He does have a longterm girlfriend of 17 years, they live together and none of her income was looked at for approval. Does common law play into effect here? Does Medicaid recognize common law marriage. I would appreciate any input on this. I hope I gave enough information but please if more is needed to get question answered it would be appreciated.