On this episode of Advice from Your Advocates, Attorney Bob Mannor and Certified Dementia Practitioner and Elder Care Coordinator Amy Persails discuss what the COVID health crisis means for dementia, Medicaid, and other government assistance resources. For those who are approved for long-term care Medicaid, eligibility rules and redeterminations have been paused while the COVID crisis still lingers. In short, Medicaid has not been able to remove anyone from its program. When these emergency actions are removed, what will happen to the thousands of Michigan elderly patients who may no longer be eligible?
At the time this podcast was originally recorded, many Michigan residents were facing this reality as the end date loomed, unsure if another extension would be passed. As of now, the extension discussed in this podcast DID pass. Now what?
Bob and Amy discuss what this extension means for the woes and frustrations surrounding patient pay amounts and how COVID-19 stimulus payments and lifestyle restrictions have some Medicaid patients over-asset and at risk of losing their healthcare benefits. Of course, only the Department of Health and Human Services can say how they will handle this when the extension is lifted and the public health emergency ends. However, Bob and Amy offer insightful predictions to help you prepare.
If you or a loved one currently receive Medicaid benefits for long-term care, or if you are an elder care professional serving seniors who receive Medicaid, you don’t want to miss this podcast.
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