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Preparing Clients for Medicaid Nursing Home Eligibility
No one should have to dissolve their estate to afford the care they need when they get older. Millions of seniors require nursing homes as they advance in age, and the cost of this care can rise to more than $100,000 per year. Fortunately, Medicaid planning provides seniors with a way to afford their nursing home care while preserving as many assets as possible.
Theander & Grimes can provide the legal support necessary for older Americans who require a nursing home. From Medicaid planning to assistance with the application process and appeals in the event of a denial, we can be the advocates you can count on for legal help for matters as sensitive as these. Rest assured that our guidance is personalized, which means our Medicaid lawyers in Tomball will strive to ensure our services address your unique situation along the way.
We Can Help with the Medicaid Planning Process
At Theander & Grimes, we strive to make the Medicaid planning process as clear and simple as possible. While attempting to apply for Medicaid on your own can be daunting and put your chances of success at stake, our experienced legal assistance can lessen the frustration and help you achieve a favorable outcome.
Consulting with our Medicaid attorneys in Tomball can provide various benefits, including these:
- Guidance: Medicaid can be complicated to navigate on your own, but our experienced attorneys understand the whole process. We can help you identify potential risks and pitfalls along with opportunities that can increase your odds of success.
- Benefits Eligibility: Consulting with us can help you understand how you can qualify for Medicaid, including the limits on assets and income. If you don’t think you can qualify for Medicaid, we may be able to develop a strategy that can accomplish this goal.
- Qualified Income Trust: Those with too much income may not qualify for Medicaid, but forming a Qualified Income Trust is one way you or a loved one can become eligible without giving up important sources of retirement income.
- Legal Documentation: If you or a loved one will need a nursing home within a few years, planning now can help you ensure that you can qualify on time.
- Medicaid Appeal: Were you denied Medicaid benefits? Although this is a setback, it doesn’t mean you can’t appeal the decision for a better outcome. When you need help, we’ll be there.
Types of Medicaid Long-Term Care
In Texas, there are three distinct categories of Medicaid long-term care programs tailored for seniors:
- Institutional / Nursing Home Medicaid:
- Those who are eligible will receive assistance
- Benefits are only provided in nursing homes
- Medicaid Waivers / Home and Community-Based Services:
- Number of participants is restricted, resulting in waiting lists
- Focused on avoiding nursing home placement; care is home-based, via adult day care, adult foster care homes, or assisted living
- Regular Medicaid / Medicaid for the Elderly and People With Disabilities (MEPD):
- Benefits are provided if a person is eligible
- Covers a wide range of long-term care services such as personal care assistance and adult day care
Have questions about eligibility for any of these Medicaid long-term care programs? Speak with a seasoned Tomball Medicaid lawyer at Theander & Grimes, PLLC. Contact us online or call (281) 968-9965 to schedule an appointment.
How Do I Qualify for Medicaid Nursing Home Care?
To qualify for Medicaid nursing home care in Texas, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. These include income and asset limits, as well as proof of residency in the state.
Your financial status will be evaluated using a stringent formula to determine whether or not you are eligible for assistance from the program. Generally speaking, if your monthly income is less than $2,742 and your resources are valued at under $2,000 (for an individual, not including your home and vehicle), then you may qualify for Medicaid nursing home care. You can also qualify by funding income through a Qualified Income Trust.
You must also prove that you are a legal resident in the state of Texas to receive assistance from the program. You will need to provide documentation such as a driver's license or other valid photo identification.
By making sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements and have the necessary documentation, you can increase your chances of receiving Medicaid nursing home care. Our Medicaid lawyers in Tomball can help!
Contact Our Qualified Tomball Medicaid Attorney for More Information
Theander & Grimes is committed to helping people plan for their long-term care. Our legal team is experienced in every aspect of Medicaid planning, including eligibility requirements, asset protection strategies, and estate planning. We understand that navigating the complexities of the system can be difficult and we are here to help you make sense of it all.
Our Medicaid lawyers in Tomball can work with you to create a comprehensive plan tailored to your needs, ensuring that your assets are protected and that you can receive the benefits available from Medicaid. We understand your situation is unique and we are here to ensure that you get the best outcome possible.
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