Myths & Facts about Public Assistance with the Cost of Nursing Home Care in North Carolina

March 14, 2019

Yours, Mine & Ours


Myth: My husband is in a long-term care (LTC) facility. He intends to apply for public assistance with the cost of care. Because I’m still living at 

Fact: All assets owned either by your spouse or you individually, jointly by the two of you, or jointly by either of you and someone else come into play at the time your spouse applies for public assistance. 

- Wyles Johnson, Board Certified Elder Law Specialist

The rules applicable to Medicare and Medicaid long-term care benefits are exceedingly complex. White & Allen, P.A. is proud to offer an attorney who is a Board-Certified Specialist in Elder Law and experienced staff to navigate and advise you, your family and friends on all your Elder Law issues. Please call us at (252)-527-8000 or email If you would like to request more information concerning rights of the elderly living in North Carolina and special programs for them, please contact us for a complimentary information booklet entitled "Senior Citizens Handbook” published by Project Grace (Young Lawyers Division and Elder & Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association).


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