At Newman Law Group, we can help you and your loved ones prepare for the financial, medical and legal challenges that come with growing older. We can create and implement a plan that allows you to protect and control your assets if you become incapacitated and require assisted living or nursing home care. We don’t mean to scare you, but the following statistics speak volumes about the importance of having a plan in place for the future:
- Approximately one out of every two women, and one out of four men, will require nursing home care at some point in lives
- Nursing home care in California averages between $82,000 and $94,000 a year. In some situations, the cost is considerably higher
- Nursing home and assisted living care is expected to become considerably more expensive in the future
- Nearly two-thirds of families run out of money within a year or two of moving into a nursing home
We can use a combination of strategies and tools to develop a customized plan in advance to address the very real possibility of incapacity and the need for long-term care. The plan we design and implement for you can protect your savings for the benefit of your well-spouse and other loved ones. In addition, it can help you qualify for Medi-Cal assistance as quickly as possible. We can help you cope with what is often called a Medi-Cal Crisis situation.
Medi-Cal Crisis Planning
Medicaid is now the single largest provider of financial assistance for nursing home residents in the United States. (In California, Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal.) We define a Medi-Cal crisis as a situation where an individual has already been admitted to a nursing home, or must enter one in the very near future, and been informed that he or she owns too many assets to qualify for Medi-Cal assistance. It is considered a “crisis” because the high cost of nursing home care can, and often does, lead to the loss of a family’s entire life savings.
If you or a loved one has been told that you have too many assets to qualify for Medi-Cal assistance to pay for nursing home care, do not give up hope! Information provided by well-meaning friends and family about Medi-Cal eligibility is often wrong or outdated. Even nursing home personnel and social workers may be mistaken about whether or not you are eligible. Laws governing Medi-Cal eligibility are very complicated and change from one year to the next. At Newman Law Group, we understand these laws and how to use a variety of tools and strategies to help you qualify for assistance from Medi-Cal to cover your nursing home costs.
Contact us as soon as possible if you or someone you love is faced with a Medi-Cal crisis situation. We can quickly determine if you are eligible for assistance, and help you obtain that assistance as quickly as possible. Even if you are already in a nursing home, or have been denied Medi-Cal assistance in the past, we may still be able to help.