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She has 0 income. SSI got denied because of mentioning this property. but this is ancestral property - 0 maintenance done in years. uses to stay when she visitis india. how can i still apply for SSI and medicaid? please help

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I'm also wondering how she can be impoverished but presumably afford to lie here, buy groceries, etc. Or is she living with you?

I'm wondering if the Indian cultural attache or ambassador's office here would know of some assistance for Indian elders living in the States?
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My best friend is from India, and whenever her husband's elderly parents come to visit, the grown children who live here in the States all chip in an buy health insurance, such as Kaiser.

Medicaid doesn't allow U.S. citizens to have a net worth over a certain amount so it wouldn't be fair to allow non-citizens to do otherwise.
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If your mother is impoverished, how does she afford the fare to visit India to stay in her ancestral home?

I am assuming she already meets the guidelines as a qualified alien?

If she meets all the other qualifications, there is probably no way around selling the property.
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SSI and medicaid are for people of VERY limited means - typically less than $2000 in total assets (other than the residential home). So having ancestoral home, or a vacation home, or a home you can rent out or allow other family members to stay in, is clearly an asset of greater than $2000. Mom is not eligible. Sell the house or rent it and use that money to support mom's needs.

If government aid was available to mom in spite of her assets the government would really be subsidizing someone's inheritance and that is not the intent of the program.

Do not reapply - do not lie - they will know - that would be fradulent.
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I'm not sure what the legal implications are in India of "ancestral property", but assume it was handed down from the family to descendants over the years.

If your mother is planning to stay in the states, perhaps it's time to consider selling this property to help pay for her medical care. If doesn't sound as if she's going to easily be able to visit India again, so the property may as well be used for her expenses.
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