Supplemental needs

By: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

Supplemental needs are those not covered by Medicaid or SSI. Medicaid pays medical bills. SSI pays for food and shelter. A SNT can pay for needs that are not medical, rent or food. It can pay for special wheelchairs, hair needs, personal grooming, vacations, etc. The language of the trust should provide that assets may be used to supplement and not supplant what is provided by government benefits.

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