Medicaid is a federal program that was established in 1965 with Medicare. It is designed to cover the cost of nursing facility care for those that meet the following requirements:
- American citizen
- 65 or older, blind, or disabled
- Medically eligible
- Have less than $2,000 in assets
Though Medicaid is a federal program it is administered by the individual states; meaning each state has their own interpretation of the eligibility rules. Application of the rules varies significantly from state to state, and sometimes county to county.
A local elder law attorney can best determine how the Medicaid eligibility rules in your state/county apply to your loved ones’ individual circumstances. However, it is important that you are familiar with the general federal guidelines.
Susan Hunter, Esq.