Medicaid is an essential state and federal program for individuals and families across the country. Without this program, people with limited funds and resources would be unable to afford their medical expenses. However, the process of signing up for Medicaid is extremely important. It is very easy to make mistakes that can cost you considerable amounts of money, even if you receive approval to participate. An experienced attorney can help you save thousands of dollars while participating in this program.
Why Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney for Medicaid?
There are many reasons to consider working with an elder law attorney during the application process. This is especially true for individuals who are over the age of 65 and need to plan for long-term care. The benefits of hiring a Medicaid attorney include:
- Experienced Help: Medicaid attorneys are knowledgeable about how the program works. An attorney can increase the odds of approval. There are various requirements you must meet to receive Medicaid funds.
- Save Thousands: For some applicants, a Medicaid attorney could help save tens of thousands of dollars. If CMS decides you are too wealthy to enroll, then you may have to spend down your savings to qualify. An attorney can help you avoid this common dilemma.
- Saving Time: Applying for Medicaid involves a lot of paperwork, planning and attention to detail. Fortunately, you do not have to worry about any of this if an attorney is helping you through the process. With an attorney, you do not have to worry about errors or missed filing deadlines.
- Appealing Rejections: Some people hire an elder law attorney after being rejected for Medicaid. You can appeal the rejection, but the process could take months. An attorney can improve the odds of overturning a rejection.
- Receive the Help You Need: For some applicants, failure is not an option. If you require long-term health care services (or will require these services), then it is essential that you receive approval to participate. This program can work in conjunction with Medicare to provide you with the medical care you need. An attorney can improve the odds of being approved and can fight rejected applications.
What Can Medicaid Pay For?
It depends. Medicaid is a joint state and federal program, and some of the rules vary depending on where you live. Some Medicaid services are mandatory while others are voluntary, meaning states decide on whether to cover the latter.
However, Medicaid can help with inpatient hospital services, outpatient hospital services, certain diagnostic and screening services, nursing facility services, home health services, access to physicians, FQHC services (federally qualified health centers), family planning services and more.
When used in conjunction with Medicare, elderly applicants (over 65) can save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on health expenses. Not only can these individuals save money, they also have great access to these services.
Health First Colorado (our state’s Medicaid program) has a list of its services on its website. You can use this resource to get a general idea of what services you might be able to use.
Contact Our Centennial Elder Law Attorney for Medicaid Application Help
Our Centennial elder law attorney can provide experienced Medicaid application help. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions about the Medicaid application process or if you need help applying. You can also talk to us about appealing a rejected Medicaid application.
Skipton Reynolds, our firm’s founder, also has a podcast and workshop that can help with estate planning and more. Contact the Law Office of Skipton Law, LLC for a consultation explaining how we can help with your Medicaid application. Call (720)613-2633 or use our online case review form to schedule a consultation.