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Introduction to the Medicaid Look-Back

As previous posts on our blog have explained, Georgia residents can qualify for Medicaid, if they meet certain asset and income requirements. The reason is that Medicaid is designed to help those who have a financial need for assistance with their health care costs.

A closer look at Medicaid planning

As Georgians age, they begin to have concerns about healthcare and where they will live. Several federal and state programs exist to provide answers to these questions. People who want to obtain Medicaid benefits must show that their income is below the state and federal limits, along with other requirements.

The importance of planning for later in life

Planning for what happens later in life is important and there are many ways to do that and many considerations to take into account when doing so. Making sure that planning is conducted for later in life is essential and can provide important peace of mind for estate planners and their family members as they head into their later years.

Understanding estate recovery under Medicaid

Georgians who receive Medicaid are often extremely thankful for the financial assistance. However, they are often surprised and saddened when they learn that their home and assets may be subject to Medicaid Estate Recovery after they die. This program was enacted by the Georgia legislature in 2006 pursuant the requirement in the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 2003. The federal statute requires the states to enact laws allowing for the recovery of money paid out of Medicaid for long term care and home and community-based care paid for by Medicaid.

Spotting abuse and neglect of at-risk adults in Georgia

Residents of Georgia who place their family members in nursing homes or other special care institutions worry about the quality of care that will be provided. They are especially concerned about physical abuse and failure to provide proper care. Can abuse be detected? What can be done about it?

A summary elder care costs in Georgia

One of the most challenging issues for a Georgia family that has a member requiring elder care can be finding the lowest cost facility and methods to pay for the care. While Georgia does not provide direct financial assistance for elder care, the state provides its citizens with links to federal and private funding sources that can significantly ease the financial burden of caring for aging loved ones.

Georgia protects residents' rights in long-term care facilities

Anyone in Georgia who puts a loved one in a long-term care facility wants be assured that the facility will provide adequate and appropriate care. Unfortunately, not all operators of long-term care facilities make the same commitment to their patients. The Georgia Department of Community Health has therefore promulgated a Residents' Bill of Rights for long-term care facilities.

Nursing home discharge or transfer can require patient consent

The state of Georgia places strict limits on the right of nursing homes to discharge or transfer patients without consent. Even those situations in which the facility is exercising its legal right to discharge or transfer a patient require adherence to the procedures that have been prescribed by the state.

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