How Will the Nursing Home Be Paid While the Medicaid Application is Pending?

I'm sometimes asked how the nursing home will be paid while the Medicaid application is pending for a person. This questions makes sense because you have to have less than $2,000 in accountable assets in the month that you apply for Medicaid benefits but yet the application process takes 45-60 days. And, so the answer is that there's a calculation of what is called "patient responsibility". So, generally this means that the individual's gross income received in each of those months while the application is pending, less $105 for their personal needs, less any payments they are paying for their supplemental insurance premiums is the amount that they will owe to the nursing home and that's the amount they will receive in that month.

We regularly help people in their application for Medicaid long term care services in a nursing home. If we can help you, please call our office and schedule your consultation.

Walt Shurden
Board Certified Elder Law Attorney