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That could depend on your local Medicaid office. Technically, any gift could cause a period of ineligibility for benefits. However, if the donations are small and consistent with your mother’s past giving, the Medicaid agency may view them as de minimus and not impose a penalty. But the safest approach is to refrain from making any further donations.

Harry S. Margolis practices elder law, estate, and special needs planning in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the founder of and answers consumer questions about estate planning issues here and at

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