Past generations of Americans used to care for aging and infirm relatives in their own homes. But today, when both spouses typically are working while trying to rear their own families, this option might not be feasible.
Medicaid was enacted as a cooperative venture between state and federal governments to provide medical care to low-income people and families. Participation was made elective on a state-by-state basis, and, unfortunately, the Georgia legislature has chosen to make Medicaid out-of-reach for most Georgia low-income families.
Medicare and Medicaid dominated political discussions of health care during both the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterm elections. Yet, despite the attention paid to these two programs, few people in Georgia have any clear idea of how federal and state funds are spent.
Parents with special needs children are often overwhelmed with the myriad of laws and regulations that apply to the various medical and housing benefits available. One of the risks of wading into this morass without legal advice is the chance of overlooking an aid program that may provide the kind of care that the child needs.
As residents of Georgia age, they often worry about how they will receive medical and nursing care if they are unable to care for themselves. One of the most important government programs that addresses these questions is Medicaid, a federal aid program that is administered to Georgia residents by the state Department of Community Health.