Case Studies

Consider the following situations commonly faced by individuals with disabilities and their families. NYSARC Trust Services resolved each of these circumstances through careful management.

Case Study: NYSARC Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Smith have spent years caring for their son, Willie, who was born with developmental disabilities. Now they would like to put some funds aside for his future use.

The NYSARC Unrestricted Fund is a third-party pooled fund that allows parents and loved ones to provide a sum of money (current minimum funding is $25,000) that can be used to enhance the life of their loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities without causing an interruption in the benefits that he or she is receiving.

Learn more about the NYSARC Trust Unrestricted Fund.

Case Study: Community Trust II

Olivia, a 75-year-old New York City resident with dementia, now receives a little too much money every month from her Social Security and pension for her to stay on Medicaid.

The NYSARC Community Trust II, sometimes called, "Medicaid spend-down trust", enables individuals with disabilities to continue to reside in the community while on Medicaid by depositing any excess monthly income into a trust to be used for living and other expenses.

Learn more about Community Trust II.

Case Study: Community Trust I

James, who lives in a community residence, just received a retroactive Social Security award because of his father's work record.

The NYSARC Community Trust I is for individuals with a disability who receive a sum of money. This trust allows the individual to maintain eligibility for certain public benefits while transferring those funds into a trust to be used for his or her benefit for expenses such as customized equipment or other life-enhancing needs.

Learn more about Community Trust I.

Case Study: Medicare Set-Aside (MSA)

John settled his workers' compensation case and a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) was funded in order to pay for future medical services related to his workers' compensation injury. Now he is no longer eligible for Medicaid because the MSA is being counted as an available resource.

NYSARC Trust Services can administer a MSA as a special needs trust so those funds remain available to pay for appropriate future medical services while enabling an individual to remain eligible for means-tested government benefits.

Learn more about administering a Medicare Set-Aside account.


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