Assistance as a Long Term Care Financing Option
S. Stum, Ph.D. & Claire Althoff, Family Social
Assistance, also commonly called MA or Medicaid,
is a federal and state program designed to provide
a safety net for individuals with low income and
assets who need long term care. This checklist
will help you gather information and determine
if Medical Assistance is a realistic financing
option given your goals and situation. When you
are done, you should be able the answer the following
Will your current and future income and assets
be sufficient to cover the costs of your long
term care? What about a spouse/partner?
Will you be able to qualify for Medicaid?
If you have a spouse, how comfortable would
they be living on the income and assets they
are allowed to keep?
How might your long term care choices and quality
differ if you were on Medical Assistance versus
What would the process be to become Medicaid
What is the first step you need to take to have
Medicaid pay for your long term care costs?
more about your Medicaid eligibility.
Complete the "Public Benefits Counselor".(www.benefitscheckup.org)
This program takes 5-10 minutes to complete.
Sponsored by the National Council on the Aging.