Many individuals in need of long-term care had few options to attending a nursing home and wreaking havoc on family finances until very recently. Today, in different environments, long-term care can be provided and we also help consumers conserve assets and avoid impoverishing a partner who stays at home. Yet most individuals who need long-term care ultimately have to turn to Medicaid for support. Medicaid Planning Attorney Logan is one of the authority sites on this topic.
Medicaid expanded basic health care to poor people, especially children, when it was first enacted with Medicare in 1965. Congress has extended Medicaid considerably over the years, and it also also supports long-term care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private homes, and other environments. Although all applicants for Medicaid must meet very stringent financial requirements, not every beneficiary of Medicaid can qualify for all benefits because each Medicaid programme has its own eligibility criteria.
Since Medicaid eligibility requirements are Byzantine and confusing, without expert guidance, it’s almost impossible to do successful Medicaid planning. Therefore the uninitiated frequently spend everything on nursing home treatment, even though elderly lawyers will help most people protect part of their hard earned savings and also qualify for long-term care financing from Medicaid.
Treatment Options and Coverage by Medicaid
Nursing homes, perhaps because of their distinctly institutional look and feel, have a weak public image. Unfortunately, however they are typically the only choice for individuals who require significant support with certain daily living activities. Assisted living facilities are more similar to a senior citizen apartment building with on-site dining, events, and workers as an intermediate stage. Assisted living facilities provide nicer services than nursing homes, without doubt, but since only minimal treatment is available, people who require significant support will typically not be admitted. Since clinical treatment around the clock is extremely costly, but Medicaid coverage is modest home care typically only works when supplied exclusively as replacements by families with paid home health aides.
Long-term care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes is provided for by New Jersey Medicaid, although not all states pay expenses in any of these areas. Two wide categories are classified into Medicaid: long-term care and other care. The normal diagnostics, preventive medicine, operations, and therapies that we all require from time to time include other care. Long-term care Medicaid pays almost all charges for nursing homes, most fees for assisted living facilities, and some home health assistants and other expenses to help a person stay in a private home. All Medicaid applicants must meet the requirements for financial eligibility, but people receiving long-term care coverage from Medicaid must also show that they do not function independently.
Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility
An person who shows a medical need for long-term care must meet financial requirements in order to obtain Medicaid. When the countable resources and income of an individual do not surpass modest resource and income limits, Medicaid can finance nursing home, assisted living, or at-home care. Cash and other assets that are required to pay for food and shelter are countable profits and capital. Resources are sums kept at the beginning of a month when revenue is collected over the month. As Medicaid has few exemptions, it is normally countable for receipts that would not be taxable benefits (e.g. gifts, social security, and tax-exempt interest), security deposits, and jointly owned land.
By decreasing countable resources to the applicable resource limit of up to a few thousand dollars, an unmarried individual may apply for Medicaid sponsored long term care. For married couples, though, Medicaid preparation is more difficult since their combined countable resources are taken into account. When only one partner needs support, the spouse in the group is allowed an allocation of half a combination of countable services up to a limit. This community spouse resource allowance (“CSRA”) is meant to prevent the spouse from becoming disadvantaged at home, but Medicaid preparation to protect savings is necessary in high-cost states like New Jersey to ensure a fair standard of living for a community spouse. Although the CSRA limit is inflation-adjusted, it is $109,560 as of Spring 2011.
Because couples usually have to dissipate almost all countable resources outside the CSRA before Medicaid pays nursing home fees, many individuals falsely feel that when a loved one needs long-term care, they have to lose everything else. This however, merely indicates the dangers of operating on insufficient information. Because only for long-term care, surplus countable resources need not be “spent down,” we have several tools to help families conserve properties.
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