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If you pay privately for the nursing home, Medicaid will not have any right to her income. Since she does not qualify for Medicaid currently then she will probably not qualify for nursing home care either as I believe the limit for assets is $5000. If the assets are held in a trust then she might qualify but there is a 5 year lookback period. The assets held jointly will be included as her assets so again I doubt she would qualify for nursing home care. If she did qualify, Medicaid would have access to her monthly income and have a lien at her death on assets.
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