A recent story from ABC news highlights the difficulty that low-income children have in obtaining regular dental care on Medicaid. It's estimated that about 16 million children on Medicaid do not receive any kind of dental care, including regular cleanings and exams. According to the report from the Pew Center on the States, many hospital emergency rooms are treating young patients that come in … [Read more...] about Florida’s Medicaid System Is Failing Children
Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the number of Americans eligible to receive Medicaid coverage is set to increase by at least 16 million when the new eligibility requirements take effect on January 1, 2014. The previous regulations stated that only low income families with children, elderly patients and those with disabilities were eligible to receive Medicaid coverage. The new … [Read more...] about Physicians Bracing For Medicaid Coverage Expansion
In late March, hackers breached a state computer server in Utah and were able to obtain personal data on about 900,000 Medicaid patients. The Utah Department of Health reports that the hackers were able to download 24,000 files that contain sensitive information on state Medicaid patients. The original estimate had stated that only 24,000 patients were affected. However, it was later revealed that … [Read more...] about Utah Medicaid Hack Reveals Security Problems
As the nation followed the arguments held before the Supreme Court over whether the court should overturn parts or all of the Affordable Care Act, legal experts have stated that the court's decision may extend beyond the healthcare reform law and affect other programs and the nature of the way the states interact with the federal government. Under the current Medicaid program, people are eligible … [Read more...] about Supreme Court’s Decision May Go Beyond Medicaid
As you probably know, Medicaid provides for long-term care in a facility such as a nursing home. Medicaid has strict limits in terms of who qualifies. If you’ve reviewed the eligibility rules for Medicaid you’ve probably focused on the rules that spell out maximum income and maximum assets, as these are the main qualifying components. So, maybe you did your homework and determined that you and … [Read more...] about Qualifying for Medicaid – Options for Eligibility You May Not Know About
Having an incapacity plan is vitally important. You never know when catastrophe may strike, and even the youngest and healthiest among us are vulnerable to illness and accidents. Incapacity Planning is Critical That’s why it’s critical to plan in advance. With an incapacity plan, you use a living trust and/or other legal documents, called advance directives, to help ensure your wishes are … [Read more...] about Is Your Incapacity Plan Medicaid-Ready?
Did you know that, if you meet the Medicare age requirements and your income and assets are low enough to qualify you for Medicaid, you can receive benefits from both programs at the same time? If you need long-term care, such as a nursing home or an assisted living facility, this could be especially helpful. Why? Although Medicare offers coverage for certain medical costs, it offers only very … [Read more...] about Can You Qualify for Both Medicaid and Medicare?
Medicaid is a government program with complicated and ever-changing rules, especially when it comes to paying for long-term care. Here are some things you might not know: Medicare won’t pay for most long-term care. Medicare pays for only a small portion of nursing home stays, or other long-term care. Unless you have long-term care insurance, or you’re prepared to pay for your care … [Read more...] about Things You May Not Know About Medicaid