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We define a Medicaid crisis as a situation where an individual has either been admitted to a nursing home or is about to be placed in a nursing home, and they have been told that they have too much money/assets to qualify for Medicaid (known as MassHealth in Massachusetts). The family is dealing with long-term health care costs that range from $9,000 to $12,000 per month (in 2017), and the only source to pay those expenses seems to be the family’s life savings.
With the best medical system in the world, our life expectancies are continuing to lengthen. However, the quality of life for many of those years lived past the age at which our parents died may leave a lot to be desired. Alzheimer’s disease, except for the rare early-onset type, used to be practically unknown because so very few people lived long enough to develop its symptoms. Instead they died of stroke (because high blood pressure could not be controlled) or some other now-manageable conditions or illnesses.
Medicare does not pay for long-term nursing home costs!
Medicare pays for a lot of medical care for those over 65, but it does not pay for long-term nursing home care. So, the burden of paying for that often falls on families and/or the Medicaid system. However, as demands increase, the restrictions on qualifying for Medicaid are ever tightening. Time after time we have met with a family that has taken the advice of another family member, a hairdresser, a well-intentioned church or other friend, or someone else who does not have the skill and training to give advice in this complex and ever-changing area. It is not unusual for well-intentioned individuals to give a family incorrect advice regarding their ability to qualify for Medicaid causing problems rather than solving them. As Medicaid crisis attorneys we know the legal rules to help qualify a loved one for Medicaid/MassHealth and to preserve the maximum amount permissible.
Many of our clients have been told by nursing home intake staff, social workers, Medicaid workers, and others that they do not qualify for Medicaid/MassHealth. Nonetheless, we regularly save our clients between $100,000 and $500,000 of their life savings.
Call us, and if you can provide us with some basic information regarding your income and expenses, we can tell you promptly how much money we can save you and when your loved one would be qualified for Medicaid/MassHealth benefits. It is never too late to call us, unless all of your assets have already been spent.
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[Last Updated: January 2017]