Many readers of this blog have hopefully used the services of an attorney who is experienced in elder care and Medicaid law. Now, a new category of Medicaid planning assistance is available from a category of professional planners known as Certified Medicaid Planners.
Many Georgia residents have been anxiously awaiting an announcement from Gov. Brian Kemp about changes to Medicaid eligibility. Recently, the governor announced a number of changes to Medicaid coverage in the state. The plan will make Medicaid coverage available for about 50,000 state workers according to estimates provided by the Governor's staff.
Many residents of Georgia who are eligible for Medicare frequently do not understand either the nature of the program or the eligibility requirements. Medicaid is a federally funded plan that provides medical care for individuals and families whose annual net income does not exceed limits specified by the state of Georgia.
Georgia residents and their families who are elderly, ill or have a condition that requires extensive care will have many concerns when long-term care is needed. Even if the person is covered by Medicaid, there remain issues as to where the care is given and what the living arrangements will be. For those who want to have the care at home or in their community and would prefer not to live in a facility to receive that care, understanding a Medicaid waiver is a critical part of the process. To use a Medicaid waiver, having legal advice can be imperative.
As elderly people become unable to care for themselves, they often look for financial assistance from various government programs to help them find and pay for necessary care. One of the most useful program is Medicaid, the federal assistance program intended for persons with limited financial resources. Most people would prefer to remain in their homes or in an assisted living facility as they age. The state of Georgia and Medicaid have a program that is designed for such persons: the Community Care Services Program.
When it comes to healthcare, there have been many changes in the past half-decade. What was once private insurance has become government-regulated and the effect on all people's healthcare has been enormous. Inherently, government-backed programs have been affected too. Medicaid eligibility thresholds determine who can apply and be approved for Medicaid benefits.
Medicaid was enacted as a cooperative venture between state and federal governments to provide medical care to low-income 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.
Finding an appropriate assisted living facility can be a complex and exhausting task. Now, investigators from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office have added another layer of complexity: the possibility that the staff of a foundation that provided in-home services to elderly Georgians was stealing its clients' Medicaid payments.
Medicaid is one of the most important federal programs for low income families living in Georgia. Most residents of the state know that Medicaid is intended primarily to help low income individuals and families, but other groups may also be eligible. In order to be eligible for Medicaid payments, a person must be in one of the eligible groups and have an income that does not exceed limits imposed by the state.
Elderly Georgians received some good news from Gov. Brian Kemp in the form of increased appropriations for citizens who want to remain in their homes rather than moving into a nursing home or other institution. According to preliminary estimates, the funding could allow an additional 1,000 Georgians to remain in their homes.