Help With Complex Medicaid Issues
The Medicaid process is extremely complicated. Even when you get past the problem of understanding the complex language of the laws, there are numerous pitfalls and dangers you can’t see that could be extremely costly for you financially. Add to all this the possibility of having your petition for Medicaid rejected, and there are a lot of challenges ahead for you if you’re in need of Medicaid.
At THE KELLY LAW GROUP, we can help. Attorney Mary K. Kelly has been handling a range of financial and financial care issues and other elder law matters for more than 16 years. She has a deep understanding of the legal complications and potential roadblocks involved in obtaining Medicaid benefits. Our law firm can help you through the process. The firm serves clients throughout New York state, including Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings counties.
What Is Medicaid?
Most simply put, Medicaid is a form of insurance that helps those with limited income who can’t afford medical care. If you are eligible for Medicaid benefits, you will not receive money from the government. Rather, the Medicaid program will pay your health care providers directly, and you might have to pay a small part of the cost, which is called a co-pay.
Are You Or Your Loved One Eligible?
Benefits are available to help the elderly (ages 65 or older) with limited income and resources cover the costs of:
- General medical care
- Hospice services for the terminally ill
- Nursing home care
It is important to remember that only the people who meet strict eligibility requirements are eligible for these benefits. The best first step toward determining eligibility is to talk with an experienced lawyer who has experience with Medicaid eligibility issues.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, the expense of nursing home care, which can be quite expensive, can rapidly deplete the lifetime savings of elderly couples. In 1988, Congress enacted provisions to prevent what has come to be called “spousal impoverishment,” which can leave the spouse who is still living at home in the community with little or no income or resources. These provisions help ensure that this situation will not occur and that community spouses are able to live out their lives with independence and dignity.
To determine whether the spouse residing in a medical facility meets the state’s resource standard for Medicaid or for any other Medicaid-related issue in New York, talk with attorney Kelly.