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(a) Scope.--This section relates to pooled trusts.
(b) Organization of pooled trust.--
(1) A pooled trust shall be administered by a trustee governed by a board. The trust may employ persons as necessary.
(2) The members of a board and employees of a trustee, if any, shall stand in a fiduciary relationship to the beneficiaries and the trustee regarding investment of the trust and shall not profit, either directly or indirectly, with respect to the investment.
(3) A trustee shall maintain a separate account for each beneficiary of a pooled trust; but, for purposes of investment and management of funds, the trustee may pool these accounts. The trustee shall have exclusive control and authority to manage and invest the money in the pooled trust in accordance with this section, subject, however, to the exercise of that degree of judgment, skill and care under the prevailing circumstances that persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence who are familiar with investment matters exercise in the management of their affairs, considering the probable income to be derived from the investment and the probable safety of their capital. The trustee may charge a trust management fee to cover the costs of administration and management of the pooled trust.
(4) A board member shall disclose and abstain from participation in a discussion or voting on an issue if a conflict of interest arises with the board member on a particular issue or vote.
(5) No board member may receive compensation for services provided as a member of the board. No fees or commissions may be paid to a board member. A board member may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred which are in the best interest of the beneficiaries of the pooled trust as a board member upon presentation of receipts.
(6) The trustee shall disburse money from a beneficiary's account for the sole benefit of the beneficiary. A disbursement from a beneficiary's account must have a reasonable relationship to the needs of the beneficiary.
(c) Pooled trust fund.--Before the funding of a pooled trust, all liens and claims in favor of the Department of Public Welfare 1 for repayment of cash and medical assistance shall first be satisfied. All money received for pooled trust funds shall be deposited with a court-approved corporate fiduciary or with the State Treasury if no court-approved corporate fiduciary is available to the trustee. The funds shall be pooled for investment and management. A separate account shall be maintained for each beneficiary, and quarterly accounting statements shall be provided to each beneficiary by the trustee. The court-approved corporate fiduciary or the State Treasury shall provide quarterly accounting statements to the trustee. The court-approved corporate fiduciary or the State Treasury may charge a trust management fee to cover the costs of managing the funds in the pooled trust.
(1) In addition to reports required to be filed under 15 Pa.C.S. Pt. III (relating to partnerships and limited liability companies), the trustee shall file an annual report with the Office of Attorney General and the Department of Public Welfare, along with an itemized statement which shows the funds collected for the year, income earned, salaries paid, other expenses incurred and the opening and final trust balances. A copy of this statement shall be available to the beneficiary, settlor or designee of the settlor upon request.
(2) The trustee shall prepare and provide each settlor or the settlor's designee annually with a detailed individual statement of the services provided to the settlor's beneficiary during the previous 12 months and of the services to be provided during the following 12 months. The trustee shall provide a copy of this statement to the beneficiary upon request.
(e) Coordination of services.--
(1) The Department of Public Welfare shall review and approve the pooled trust of an applicant for medical assistance.
(2) In the determination of eligibility for medical assistance benefits, the interest of a disabled beneficiary in a pooled trust that has been approved by the Department of Public Welfare shall not be considered as a resource for purposes of determining the beneficiary's eligibility for medical assistance.
(3) No State agency may reduce the benefits or services available to an individual because that person is a beneficiary of a pooled trust. The beneficiary's interest in a pooled trust is not reachable in satisfaction of a claim for support and maintenance of the beneficiary.
(f) Notice.--The Office of Attorney General and the Department of Public Welfare shall make available information on the treatment of pooled trusts for the individuals with disabilities in the medical assistance program.
(g) Applicability.--This section shall apply to all of the following:
(1) Pooled trusts established after March 8, 2003.
(2) Accounts of individual beneficiaries established after March 8, 2003, in pooled trusts created before March 9, 2003.
(h) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
“Beneficiary.” An individual with a disability who has the right to receive services and benefits of a pooled trust.
“Board.” A group of persons vested with the management of the business affairs of a trustee.
“Disability.” A physical or mental impairment as defined in section 1614 of the Social Security Act (49 Stat. 620, 42 U.S.C. § 1382c).
“Pooled trust.” A trust which meets all of the following:
(1) The trust contains assets of more than one beneficiary.
(2) Each beneficiary is an individual with a disability.
(3) The trust is managed by a nonprofit corporation.
(4) A separate account is maintained for each beneficiary of the trust, but, for purposes of investment and management of funds, the trust pools these accounts. Accounts in the trust may be established by the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of the individual with a disability, by the individual with a disability or by a court.
(5) The trust provides that any money remaining in a beneficiary's account upon the death of the beneficiary that is not retained by the trust will be paid to the Commonwealth, up to the total amount of medical assistance paid on behalf of the beneficiary.
“Trustee.” A nonprofit organization that manages a pooled trust.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Connecticut General Statutes Title 34. Limited Partnerships, Partnerships, Professional Associations, Limited Liability Companies and Statutory Trusts § 34-243i. Effective date. Application to existing relationships - last updated June 28, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ct/title-34-limited-partnerships-partnerships-professional-associations-limited-liability-companies-and-statutory-trusts/ct-gen-st-sect-34-243i/
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