If I Pay My Mom's Expenses, Would that Be Considered Repaying a Transfer When She Applies for Medicaid?

It depends on your state Medicaid agency. Some will treat such payments as repayments and shorten the ineligibility period imposed accordingly, or eliminate it entirely if you use the entire $50,000. However, others will only honor payments going directly to your mother rather than expenses paid on her behalf, and some will only give credit for a complete "cure" -- the return of the entire $50,000. To know the practice in your state you will need to consult with a local elder law attorney. To find an attorney near you, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/elder-law-attorneys

For more on Medicaid’s asset transfer rules, click here.