Medicaid & Nursing Home Care FAQs

Posted By Donlin Law || 28-Oct-2016

A significant portion of estate planning is concerned with health and life insurance policies, as well as setting up long term care plans. Medicaid and nursing home care often come up in discussions, as they are viable options for long term care. However, many people do not know some of the groundwork details pertaining to Medicaid or nursing home care.

To address some common concerns that you might be having yourself, Donlin Law and our Hamden estate planning attorney has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Medicaid and nursing home care. Be sure to give it a review if you are creating an estate plan, either for yourself or helping an elderly loved one. You can also contact our firm directly if you run into a legal issue that needs addressing; in addition to estate planning, we are well-versed in personal injury claims.

Medicaid & Nursing Home Care FAQ

  1. What exactly is Medicaid?
    People with limited incomes can use Medicaid for their health insurance. As it is a federal program, it is available in all states.
  2. Does Medicaid benefit people in nursing homes?
    Yes, it does. Medicaid will actually pay for the majority of nursing home expenses, including monthly fees. Medicare, a separate federal health insurance program, provides limited nursing home care benefits, however.
  3. Can anyone use Medicaid?
    No. Medicaid offers great coverage but only to those who truly need it. The Department of Social Services in Connecticut will review your unique income, living, and health situations to determine if you are eligible for Medicaid.
  4. If I don’t qualify for Medicaid, do I need to liquidate my assets?
    The DSS examines your property and finances for the last five years, not just what you have right now. If you don’t qualify, giving away or liquidating your assets will not solve your eligibility issue. Talk to an attorney about what you can do instead.
  5. How much money can I have in personal assets and still qualify?
    Connecticut only allows you to use Medicaid if you have less than $1,600 in countable assets, which includes cash, savings and checking accounts, stocks, and bonds.
  6. I am married – will my spouse have to pay for my nursing home care?
    Medicaid and the DSS consider only your personal income, not that of your household or your spouse, when selecting eligibility. The DSS can request your spouse help pay for costs to a certain extent if they have an income higher than the average in Connecticut. Additionally, if your spouse remains in your house when you go into a nursing home, the state cannot force a lien upon your property.
  7. How can I apply for Medicaid in Connecticut?
    You can call the Access Health Connecticut hotline at 855-805-4325 for questions about starting an application. It is highly advised you work with a Medicaid or estate planning lawyer when you apply, so you know there are no overlooked points of interests.

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