Alert: DHS Suspends Use of Standard Admission Agreement

On September 29, 2006, the California Department of Health Services (DHS) issued an All Facility Letter announcing that it is suspending the use of the Standard Admission Agreement until it and related regulations are revised to conform to an August 10, 2006 court order in Parkside v Shewry, a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and three individual nursing homes.

IRA and Pensions

IRAs and Work Related Pensions Exempt When a person applies for Medi-Cal – whether at home or in an institution – the cash surrender value or balance of an IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or any other work related pension will be considered “unavailable”, as long as the beneficiary is receiving periodic payments of interest and principal.