Here’s a press release by Dale Krause, an advisor who appears to specialize in Medicaid planning. I have recently written about my qualms with Medicaid planning, which I consider “gaming the system.” By using glaring loopholes in current Medicaid laws to re-position, shield and preserve often extensive wealth, advisors like Mr. Krause are often successful at enabling their clients, people of means, to qualify for Medicaid.
Medicaid is a program that was set up to assist the indigent and handicapped: people with little or no wealth. In addition, Medicaid-paid LTC is typically inferior to non-Medicaid-paid LTC. With our country’s grave financial crisis and an oncoming Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers who’ll need LTC, I predict Medicaid-paid LTC will get worse, not better. We the tax payers fund Medicaid and ultimately wind up paying for the schemes Mr. Krause & others like him derive their income from.
Here is the comment I emailed the author of the press release:
Sounds like you are involved with long-term care on an abstract basis and haven’t really thought through the reality of such things as the dignity and options your clients will want. I hope you will take a few moments to read the linked article I wrote on the undeserved glorification Partnership LTCi often gets. I also think it would be wise for you to create a Plan B for when the government inevitably eventually closes the loopholes your strategies depend upon.”