Trying to complete Medicaid application process is stressful.
Trying to complete a Medicaid application during a medical crisis – well, the stress is off-the-charts.
We’ve helped many clients through the Medicaid application process. One thing has become crystal clear: planning ahead is much, much better for everyone than trying to go through the Medicaid eligibility process during an emergency.
How Medicaid Works
Medicaid is a collaboration between state and federal government to provide healthcare coverage to Americans who meet certain requirements. Individual states administer the program pursuant to federal regulations. Funding is provided by both state and federal governments.
Elderly and disabled applicants seeking to qualify for Medicaid benefits to cover nursing home care must meet the following requirements:
- Income must be $2,205 per month or less. The monthly income limit is adjusted every year in January, so this amount is subject to change.
- Resources must be worth $2,000 or less on the first day of the month. Typically, cash, bank accounts, cash value of life insurance, and investment income are considered ‘resources.’ Some items are not counted as resources, including: household goods and personal effects, items related to burial, one car if used by a family member, and some real property.
Special circumstances apply, especially if the person entering the nursing home is married. There are also exceptions which we can explain when we help with your Medicaid planning.
Additionally, if an individual’s monthly income exceeds the limit set by Medicaid, excess income may be paid into a Miller Trust. Also known as a Qualified Income Trust or Medicaid Income Trust, money placed in the trust can be used by a trustee to pay certain expenses like:
- Your share of the nursing home costs as determined by Medicaid;
- Items that meet personal needs; and
- A spouse’s monthly maintenance.
Long-term care that simply handles day-to-day maintenances is not covered by Medicare. However, medical care at a long-term care hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a hospice, or at-home services may be eligible for Medicare benefits.
As with any government program, forms and supporting documents are required. Limitations apply, so not everyone will be eligible for Medicare.
In addition to helping our clients with Medicaid planning, we help them access all available Medicare benefits.
We Can Help with Medicaid Planning.
When you need an advocate who understands the Medicaid process, contact Bruce Adams and Bill Miller at Adams & Miller, P.C.. Call us at 256-237-3339 or use our Contact Form to let us know you’re ready to get started.