Pooled Income Trust
When planning for long-term care and Medicaid eligibility in Florida, a Pooled Income Trust can be a valuable tool. At Morgan Legal Group in Miami, we specialize in Medicaid planning and can help you understand how a Pooled Income Trust may benefit you or your loved one.
What is a Pooled Income Trust?
A Pooled Income Trust is a trust established and managed by a non-profit organization. Its primary purpose is to help individuals who need long-term care, such as nursing home or home healthcare services, while also needing Medicaid benefits to cover the costs.
How Does It Work?
Here’s how a Pooled Income Trust typically works:
- The individual, known as the grantor, places their excess income (income that exceeds Medicaid’s income limit) into the trust.
- The trust is managed by a non-profit organization, which combines the funds from multiple grantors into a “pool.”
- Each grantor has a separate sub-account within the trust’s pool.
- The funds in the trust are used to pay for certain allowable expenses on behalf of the grantor, such as their share of the cost of care.
- Remaining funds in the trust, if any, are retained by the non-profit organization to help other individuals in the trust.
Benefits of a Pooled Income Trust
There are several benefits to utilizing a Pooled Income Trust in Florida:
- Medicaid Eligibility: By placing excess income into the trust, individuals can meet Medicaid’s income requirements while still receiving necessary care.
- Asset Protection: Assets held in the trust are protected and can be used to pay for various expenses that enhance the grantor’s quality of life.
- Professional Management: Non-profit organizations with experience in managing these trusts handle the trust’s administration.
- Community Spouse Protection: For married individuals, a Pooled Income Trust can help ensure that the community spouse has sufficient income to live on.
Is It Right for You?
Whether a Pooled Income Trust is the right choice for you or your loved one depends on your individual circumstances. Factors such as your income, assets, and long-term care needs should be considered.
At Morgan Legal Group, we can assess your situation and provide guidance on whether a Pooled Income Trust aligns with your Medicaid planning goals.
Contact us today to discuss your Medicaid planning needs and explore whether a Pooled Income Trust is a suitable option for you.