Medicaid was signed into law in 1965, solely to provide financial assistance for those most vulnerable. Medicaid was established to provide health insurance opportunities for those with little to no income, assets, or resources to be able to provide for themselves. You may qualify for Medicaid based on your income, the size of your family and number of dependents, and other specific stipulations. Many special needs and disabled individuals qualify for Medicaid, as many are unable to work and generate income throughout their adult life.
Many senior citizens will require Medicaid financial assistance at some point. It’s difficult to plan for long-term care for yourself or a loved one. It can be difficult to predict what the coming years may bring. It is an unfortunate reality that an elderly individual is likely to require nursing home care in the late stages of their life. If you believe you qualify for Medicaid, consult with a Medicaid planning attorney to discuss the best options for you and your family.
I Qualify for Medicaid. How Can I Begin the Process of Applying?
Every state has its own set of rules for determining who can qualify for Medicaid. General guidelines state your income must fall within certain parameters, and the total sum of your assets cannot exceed a certain monetary value. If you think you or a loved one qualifies for Medicaid, it’s best to start the application process as early as possible. Starting the process early mitigates the risk of any error, and can ensure the highest financial aid for you or the intended applicant.
The first step to filing for a Medicaid application is consulting with an elder law attorney, special needs attorney, or Medicaid planner. At Amicus Law Firm, we are highly trained in these areas of law and have streamlined the scope of our practice to ensure we have a deep understanding of the services we provide. Amicus Law Firm can provide knowledgeable legal counsel about qualifying for and applying for Medicaid.
A Medicaid planning attorney can help you gather the correct documents necessary for submitting your application. Documentation is required to verify that you meet certain requirements for assistance. If you opt to take on this process alone, you run the risk of submitting an incomplete application.
Of course, the option exists to submit the Medicaid application on your own. You can even elect for a spouse, child, guardian, or lawyer to complete the application on your behalf. Of all these options, a lawyer is the safest choice for ensuring the application is free of error.
If you are deemed ineligible for Medicaid benefits, the option exists to appeal the denial. This can be an extensive and costly process. If you’ve applied too late and are in immediate need of financial relief, you may find yourself stuck without any options. The most proactive approach to getting Medicaid assistance is to consult an attorney early on, to avoid an emergency such as this.
Amicus Law Firm can guide you through this entire process. If you simply have questions about Medicaid planning and aren’t sure where to begin, contact our team of attorneys today for a no-obligation consultation of your case.