Looking down the line for my mother...I am hoping she will qualify for Medicaid for a nursing home in the next 6 years since she does not have enough to pay for that herself. Her income consists of social security (about $700 per month) and a monthly check from a lifetime annuity she purchased 10 years ago with IRA money. She gets about $1800 per month for that. I am worried that will put her over the income limit to qualify for Medicaid. Can she "assign" her social security check to Medicaid so that she can qualify? Or can she "assign" her annuity check to Medicaid to qualify? She will have very little in assets in 6 years.