Long Island Medicaid planning attorneys can provide help to those who are serving as a caregiver for a friend or a family member. When your patient is also a relative or friend, providing care is very personal. You want to do more than just offer basic care; you also want to enhance quality of life and do things like taking steps to protect the assets of your patient. Caregiving may also become all-consuming, which means that it may be difficult for you to have an outside job or earn income.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can help you to address the issues that arise as you provide care for your family member or friend. One of the key ways that we can assist you is in identifying the ways that Medicaid could help to pay for essential costs.
We can also help you to take steps to ensure your loved one who you are caring for is able to qualify for Medicaid benefits if such benefits become necessary to hire home healthcare workers or to pay for nursing home care once your loved one’s needs become too much for a family caretaker to handle. Give us a call today to find out about the help our Long Island Medicaid planning attorneys can provide with taking full advantage of the Medicaid program.
Key Things Caregivers Need to Know About Medicaid
There are a few key things that caregivers need to know about Medicaid. First, it’s important for caregivers to understand qualification rules. This matters because a caretaker could help a patient to take action to get covered by Medicaid while still protecting assets. Since Medicaid is a means-tested program with resource limits, spending personal wealth is usually required before an applicant can get covered. This is a problem, since Medicaid is often the only source of long-term care coverage or the only source of nursing home coverage available— Medicare and private insurance don’t usually pay.
If providing care for your family-member patient ever becomes too much and your loved one needs a home health aide or must move to an institutional environment, it is best for him to qualify for Medicaid as quickly as possible to avoid having to pay out-of-pocket for the exorbitant costs of care. If you help your patient to reach out to Long Island Medicaid planning attorneys before full-time or other outside care is needed, you could ensure that the person you’re caring for has the chance to protect his assets and protect the chance to leave a legacy.
It could also be important for caregivers to determine if and when they might be eligible to be paid as a family caregiver through the Medicaid program. The AARP explains that there are self-directed long-term care and supports programs available in all 50 states as well as in Washington D.C. These programs permit patients to hire their own caretakers and, in some states, it is permissible for a patient to hire and pay a family member to provide care. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can assist you in understanding whether you may be eligible to receive payments as a caretaker until this program — which can be a great relief, as often it is difficult to both work and serve as a caretaker for a loved one.
Getting Help from Long Island Medicaid Planning Attorneys
Medicaid planning attorneys at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide insight into Medicaid eligibility and Medicaid coverage for your loved one who you are caring for. As a caregiver, arming yourself with knowledge about the Medicaid program could allow you to enhance quality of life for your friend or family member who you are providing for, while at the same time also protecting your own financial situation and your patient’s financial situation.
To find out more about Medicaid eligibility rules, making a plan to get covered by Medicaid, or other Medicaid facts you need to know, give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online today. You can also get general Medicaid information by joining us for a free seminar . Reach out to our Long Island Medicaid planning attorneys today so you can help your loved one take advantage of an important program to provide healthcare coverage.