One of the most important areas of the law for seniors in our community has become, or will soon become in the future, planning and paying for long term care. In Minnesota, one of the major programs available to seniors entering a nursing home or other long term care facility is Medical Assistance. Medical Assistance, more commonly known as Medicaid, provides health care benefits for low income individuals and is governed by Federal and State laws and regulations. In general, the funding for Medical Assistance comes from the Federal government with administration and delivery coming from the State. In Minnesota the Medical Assistance program is administered on a county level through a local county worker.
The general rule for is that, in order to qualify, no person applying for Medical Assistance must meet the asset and income guidelines for their living situation, marital status and specific program. A person must also be physically present in Minnesota, reside in Minnesota voluntarily and not maintaining a home elsewhere.
Medical Assistance in Minnesota can provide care through a number of different programs. MA Long Term care, or MA-LTC, provides assistance for eligible individuals to receive payments for Nursing Home, intermediate Care Facilities and Nursing Facility Care in an Inpatient Hospital. MA Elderly Waiver, or MA-EW, is a program that helps eligible individuals who are 65 or older pay for services that allow them to remain in their homes or in an assisted living facility.
These are two of the most common elderly Medical Assistance programs in Minnesota, but not the only ones available to assistance with medical care needs of eligible individuals. For a specific information on a program that may assist you or someone you know, please contact Frundt & Johnson, Ltd. to set up an appointment
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