Is property overseas taken into account in NY state to be eligible for Medicare

Can my parents be eligible for Medicare
to pay for nursing home if they still
have property overseas? Can Medicare
force them to pay for their care with
these assets in order for them to be
eligible for Medicare to pay for nursing

Asked on October 29, 2017 under Estate Planning, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

All assets, no matter where located, owned by someone needing or seeking Medicaid is taken into account--as a matter of law, overseas property is considered, or taken into account, too, though as practical matter, Medicaid or state agencies may not become aware of it. Legally, your parents should use these overseas assets (e.g. liquidate them) to pay for their care, too.

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