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Medicaid seminar at Smithtown law firm

If you have questions about Medicaid-eligibility rules, a free seminar may help give you some answers.

The seminar, presented by Smithtown law firm Futterman, Lanza & Block, will include advice on how a sick spouse can qualify for Medicaid while protecting assets of the healthy spouse. Other topics include the "look-back period," where after a person applies for Medicaid, the government examines asset transfers during the prior five years. There also will be a discussion on the often-confusing rules about asset "spend-downs," which are expenses a Medicaid applicant can prepay without being subject to the look-back period.

The seminar is Tuesday, and there are two chances to attend. The morning session is 10 a.m.- noon. The evening session is 6-8 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 631-979-4300.

Be aware, if you hire an attorney for Medicaid asset planning, it will likely cost several thousand dollars, although attorney fees are considered a legitimate spend-down for Medicaid purposes.

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