Medicaid Minute: Wisconsin’s Medicaid Rules Regarding Vehicles

August 31, 2020

My name is Attorney Jessica Merkel and this is Ruder Ware’s Medicaid Minute.  This week we’re talking about Wisconsin Medicaid rules related to vehicles.  My client’s father was going to be going into the nursing home and wanted to apply for Medicaid.  They’d heard that there were things called exempt and non-exempt assets and they were really concerned about his vintage car and his motorcycle.  And if that fell into either of those categories.  I explained to them that certain Medicaid rules apply to single individuals versus married individuals.  But in this instance, the rule was the same.  One vehicle, of an unlimited value was considered an exempt asset.  Now that seems pretty straightforward.  But Wisconsin’s Medicaid rule regarding vehicles is pretty broad.  And, that really includes registered and unregistered vehicles that are used for transportation. So what could that mean?  Well, it could mean a car, a truck, a boat, a motorcycle, a snowmobile, recreational vehicles, the list really goes on.  So this meant that my client’s father owned multiple vehicles and he would need to choose the one of the greatest value to put down as his exempt asset for application purposes.  He was still worried about what to do with his other vehicles so fortunately they contacted me and we were able to work with them on a plan on how to handle those other vehicles so that he could still qualify for Medicaid.  If you have any questions or concerns related to Wisconsin Medicaid, or any other elder law issues, please, feel free to give us a call.  We’re here to help.

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