Qualifying for Medicaid to Pay for Assisted Living

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Long-term care Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps seniors (and individuals with disabilities) with low income and limited assets get the care they need. Specific income and asset limits vary depending on factors like the kind of care required, a senior’s medical diagnosis, where they live and their marital status. A doctor must also certify that a senior’s need for care in an assisted living facility is “medically necessary.”

If a senior meets all financial and functional eligibility requirements, they must then find an assisted living facility that accepts Medicaid as payment. This final step can be difficult because there are typically few Medicaid-certified assisted living facilities due to low reimbursement rates. If a facility does accept this form of payment, they may only have a limited number of beds available for Medicaid patients.


Give our office a call to schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you navigate Medicaid.