TRUST WHICH ALLOWED PETITIONER’S CHILDREN TO DISTRIBUTE PRINCIPAL TO PETITIONER RENDERED PETITIONER INELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID, DESPITE CHILDREN’S REFUSAL TO MAKE A DISTRIBUTION.
The Fourth Department confirmed the Department of Health’s finding that a trust which allowed petitioner’s children to distribute the principal to her rendered petitioner ineligible for Medicaid benefits, despite the children’s refusal to make a distribution:
… [W]e conclude that the agency’s determination, which is based on its conclusion that the principal of a trust of which petitioner is a beneficiary is an “available resource,” is supported by substantial evidence and is not affected by an error of law. The trust at issue grants petitioner’s children, as cotrustees, “the authority to distribute so much of the principal to [petitioner that they,] in their sole discretion, deem advisable to provide for [petitioner’s] health, maintenance and welfare.” Because the principal of the trust may, in the discretion of petitioner’s children, be paid for petitioner’s benefit, the agency did not err in concluding that the principal of the trust is an available resource for purposes of petitioner’s Medicaid eligibility determination (see 18 NYCRR 360-4.5 [b]  [ii]…), despite the fact that her children refuse to exercise their discretion to make such payments of principal. Matter of Flannery v Zucker, 2016 NY Slip Op 01075, 4th Dept 2-11-16
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