Medicaid is a welfare program originally created to provide health care to our nation’s poor. Due to the lack of any other program, Medicaid has by default become the long-term care insurance of the middle class. With the help of elder law attorneys, those needing long-term care artificially impoverish themselves in order to qualify and preserve their savings either for their healthy spouse or their children. Since Medicaid is the long-term care insurance for the middle class, start the process of planning for it today!
Unfortunately, neither Congress nor the state legislatures have resolved the public policy question of how we as a society should pay for the long-term care of our seniors. The result is a confusing, makeshift system of Medicare, private insurance, out-of-pocket payments, family caregivers, and Medicaid as a last resort.
Medicaid has become recognized as the long-term care insurance of the middle class. Congress implicitly accepts this result through rules that protect spouses of nursing home residents and permit others to qualify after spending down and transferring some of their savings. To plan ahead and accelerate qualification for Medicaid is no more unethical than planning to avoid taxes. It’s just different populations doing the planning.
My firm has been helping Texas families for many years navigate the issues surrounding getting Medicaid benefits to pay for a family member’s nursing home care. We do not charge for the initial consultation so please contact me today if there are any questions you have about what needs to be done to get Medicaid benefits to help pay for nursing home care. The phone numbers to call are 1-866-KNOW.LAW (866-566-9529) (TOLL FREE) or 972-772-6100 or you can email me at [email protected] Since Medicaid is the long-term care insurance for the middle class, start the process of planning for it today!
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