My spouse needs nursing home care. Do I have to sell our house to qualify for Medicaid?

Unfortunately, some seniors are led to believe they have to sell their house to qualify for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care.  Current Medicaid rules allow an exemption for the primary residence .  In some situations, the transfer of ownership of the home to the non-nursing home spouse (community spouse) may be an option to avoid a sale.  Before you sell a major asset – in this case, your home – consult Beth A. Swagman, PLLC.