Articles of Interest: Medicaid
Medicaid Update - Revised January 2013
In January, 2012, new regulations became effective in Illinois substantially changing eligibility for Medicaid coverage of long-term care. Although effective in January, the local offices of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the agency making determinations of eligibility for Medicaid, did not implement these new regulations until July, 2012. Additionally, in June of 2012, Governor Quinn signed into law Medicaid reform, the SMART Act, which also made several significant changes to eligibility for Medicaid long term care coverage. Both the new regulations and the SMART Act were implemented on July 1, 2012.
Click here to download a fact sheet on the changes that occurred to Medicaid in Illinois.
Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition
In 1900, most people died younger from communicable diseases and after relatively short illnesses. Today, we are more likely to die older from one or more chronic conditions and after an extended period of illness. The decisions involved with planning for disability associated with chronic conditions can be difficult to make. Recognizing that developing a plan is the goal and that plans can (and should) be revised over time may help you assume a proactive role when it comes to legal matters. For a summary of the basics involved in planning, please click here.
Why Engage an Elder Law Attorney to Prepare Your Medicaid Application
The Illinois Medical Assistance Program (“Medicaid”) is the health care program for individuals who do not have another form of insurance or whose insurance does not cover what they need, such as nursing home or supportive living care. A significant number of people must look to Medicaid to pay for their nursing home and supportive living care. However, the eligibility rules are complicated for applicants for Medicaid long term care. Click here to learn more.