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Five Myths About Medicaid’s Long-Term Care Coverage

While Medicare gets most of the news coverage, Medicaid still remains a bit of mystery to many people. The fact is that Medicaid is the largest source for funding nursing home care, but there are many myths about exactly who qualifies for it and what coverage it provides.  Here are five myths followed by the real story. Medicare will cover my nursing home expenses. Medicare's coverage of nursing home care is quite limited. Medicare covers only up to 100 days of "skilled nursing care" per illness. To qualify, you must enter a Medicare-approved "skilled nursing facility" or nursing home within…

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Medicaid eligibility is subject to a complex set of rules including look-back and transfer penalties

Seniors dealing with rapidly rising personal medical and nursing home expenses are often dismayed to discover that even modest asset levels may make them ineligible for Medicaid i.e $2,500. Faced with the possibility of spending all their money on health care and leaving nothing for their heirs, they might be tempted to transfer everything they own to their heirs at once, qualify for Medicaid, and move into a nursing home states Forbes. Medicaid’s “look-back” and “transfer penalty” rules are intended to keep Medicaid spending under control by preventing or minimizing asset transfers having the sole purpose of allowing one to…

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Medicare Home Health Care Benefits

If you qualify, Medicare will cover your home health benefits entirely, and while under the law there's no limit on the length of time you will be covered, in practice coverage is limited. Nevertheless, Medicare home health benefits can mean the difference between you or a family member continuing to stay at home, or your health deteriorating until hospital care or nursing home placement become necessary. You are entitled to Medicare coverage of your home health care if you meet the following requirements: you are confined to your home (meaning that leaving it to receive services would be a "considerable…

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