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Medicaid Spend Down: Pay for More Than Just Medical Bills

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

You may not foresee yourself applying for Medicaid in the future. Yet in reality, research shows that roughly one in seven seniors are likely to require long-term care at some point later in life. Long-term care can be extremely costly; this is why many people have come to rely on the Medicaid benefits that cover these costs.

SNAP Benefits for Older Adults With Limited Income

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Increasing food prices have become a concern for many Americans. If you are a senior on a fixed income, you may worry that you will not have the money to fill your fridge. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) exists to help people make ends meet. It is a food stamp program that supplies enrollees with a monthly allotment that they can use for groceries.

What to Do If You Lose Your Medicaid Coverage

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states could not take away Medicaid coverage from any residents enrolled in this program. In recent months, however, this has been changing. If you are on Medicaid, be sure to take some time to understand whether your coverage may be at risk.

How No Surprises Act May Help With Unexpected Medical Bills

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

The No Surprises Act is a federal law enacted to protect patients from unexpected medical bills incurred on or after January 1, 2022. It aims to address the issue of surprise medical billing, which can occur when patients receive unexpected charges for their medical care. The Act applies to out-of-network emergency services, out-of-network air ambulance services, and certain out-of-network care received at in-network facilities.

What Is Hospice Care at Home?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Hospice care is a type of health care that patients with terminally ill conditions rely on at the end of their lives. This type of care focuses on pain management and emotional, spiritual, and familial support for patients nearing the end of their lives.

Bill Advocates for Seniors Who Seek At-Home Medicaid Care

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

Seniors who need assistance with everyday activities such as dressing, bathing, and eating are eligible for Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people who qualify for these services – but wish to receive them in their homes or a community setting – end up on extended waiting lists.

What You Need to Know About Medicaid’s Personal Needs Allowance

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Seniors who rely on Medicaid and live in nursing homes receive a personal needs allowance — a monthly stipend the Medicaid recipient can use to pay for needs that Medicaid does not cover. Medicaid restricts the amount of the allowance and how it is used. If recipients do not use all the money they received in a month, they may risk losing their coverage.

What Are Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Medicaid imposes strict rules on how much money and assets an applicant can have. To qualify for Medicaid, you must fall under the asset limit, which is $2,000 in most states. Even with greater than $2,000 in assets, however, you may be able to get on Medicaid by establishing a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT). When you put your assets in a MAPT, Medicaid will not count the money in the trust toward its resource limit.

Supreme Court Rules State Medicaid Programs Can Recoup a Larger Share of Injury Settlements

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you are injured due to another person’s negligence and receive Medicaid benefits to pay for care, the state has a legal right to recover the funds it spends on your care from a personal injury settlement or award. Yet in a legal case involving a Floridian teen who was catastrophically injured more than a decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that state Medicaid programs may be repaid from settlement funds reserved for future medical expenses as well.

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