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Medicaid vs Medicare

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Medicaid vs Medicare

  1. 1. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicaid versus Medicare MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE Medicare • Entitlement • Regardless of Income, Resources • Premiums and co-payments • Age 65, receiving disability benefits 2+ years • No Long Term Care benefit Medicaid • Needs Based • Based on Income; Resources • No premiums, subsidized or no co-payments • Age 65+, blind or disabled • Has Long Term Care benefit
  2. 2. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicare: Eligibility MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • Must pay in Social Security system for 10 years • Available to individuals who meet these criteria: • Over 65; • Received SSDI benefits for 2 years; • Received Disabled Adult Child benefits for 2 years; or • Have end-stage renal disease or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  3. 3. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicare: Classes of Coverage Broadly Defined MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • Part A – Hospitalization • Part B – Doctor Visits and Outpatient Care • Part C – Medicare Advantage Plans • Part D – Prescription Drug Coverage
  4. 4. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicare: Function MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • Designed to pay for “spell” of injury or illness • Pays 80% of allowable medical charge while patient pays 20% • Limited preventative care
  5. 5. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicaid: Eligibility MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • Must be Aged, Blind or Disabled to qualify • SSI recipients automatically qualify in Georgia and most states • Must meet Income and Resource limits • Most income will count toward limits • Many resources are exempt from limits, including a house, a car, and personal items • Limits vary depending on type of Medicaid sought
  6. 6. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicaid: Common Classes of Assistance MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • Georgia’s Medicaid Manual defines 36 Medicaid Classes of Assistance • Common Medicaid sought for seniors: • Nursing Home Medicaid • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Medicaid • Low Income Subsidy Medicaid • Medically Needy Medicaid
  7. 7. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Medicaid: Function MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE • To provide a medical and long term care safety net to our elderly and disabled. • Medicaid waiver programs increasingly provide support services allow elderly and disabled to remain in the community instead of moving to a nursing home for long-term care.
  8. 8. Wills & Estate Planning  Probate & Administration Tax Planning  Business Succession  Elder Law Help Is Available MEDICAID vs. MEDICARE Finding the right mix of Medicare, private coverage, and Medicaid can be confusing and complicated. To qualify for Medicaid benefits, legal representation is increasingly necessary. Our Elder Law specialists have significant experience helping elderly and disabled individuals and their families ensure the best outcome for all concerned. Please call us if we can be of assistance.

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