Settlement Solutions National Pooled Special Needs/MSA Trust
The Settlement Solutions National Pooled Trust/Medicare Set Aside was created to help people who have suffered an injury and are now disabled qualify for and/or maintain Medicaid/SSI as well as Medicare benefits. Our mission is to treat every trust beneficiary with the dignity and respect they deserve. We are here to serve our beneficiaries and look forward to working with you, your family, your attorney and other professional advisors.
Because people who are dual eligible are unique, a separate Pooled Trust sub-account is created to hold the funds set aside for future Medicare covered services. The funds in the sub-account set aside for future Medicare covered services are used to pay for things that Medicare would normally cover related to the injury. Two sub-accounts are required for those that are dual eligible so there is a “regular” Pooled Trust sub-account and a Medicare Set Aside Pooled Trust sub-account.
In a Pooled Trust, the income and assets of an individual with a disability are managed by a not-for-profit association. The SSI definition of disability is used to qualify for creation of the pooled trust sub-accounts for those who are injured. Separate sub-accounts are maintained for each beneficiary. Upon the death of a beneficiary, the funds remaining in that beneficiary’s account are retained by the trust if the Pooled Trust agreement so provides or may be distributed.
The major benefit of a Pooled Trust is that since the Pooled Trust already exists, a new trust does not have to be created each time a beneficiary wants to join. The Pooled Trust requires only a “joinder agreement” for new beneficiaries.
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- The Beneficiary must meet the Social Security definition of disabled. The Social Security definition is as follows: Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if you cannot do work that you did before and we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s). Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
- You must be a Medicare beneficiary or have a reasonable expectation of becoming one within 30 months.
- The Joinder Agreement must be signed by a parent, grandparent, legal guardian of the Beneficiary, the Court, or by the individual Beneficiary.
- The assets used to fund the Sub-Account must be the Beneficiary’s.
- The Beneficiary’s Sub-Account must be established for the sole benefit of the Beneficiary.