Missouri Medicaid Lawyer
Nursing Home Medicaid
The federal Medicaid program in Missouri is called MO HealthNet. There are many Medicaid health care programs available for seniors, families, pregnant women, and for kids who meet income and asset criteria.
If a senior requires additional care, the more commonly used programs are called Home & Community Based Services (HCBS), Supplemental Nursing Care (SNC), and Vendor Coverage.
These are actually quite complicated programs with many intricacies, but the law does allow many planning opportunities to preserve a family’s assets, and even income, for those who are married.
For example, with proper planning, before or after a person enters a nursing home, most unmarried persons can preserve over half of their assets. Married nursing home residents can usually preserve all their assets and may even be able to get some of the nursing home spouse’s income paid to the “community spouse” (the one at home).
How It Works
The first appointment can be scheduled quickly if the situation requires such. This is usually within 2 to 3 days, if needed. At the appointment, you will talk with an attorney who collects information and discusses your goals for a Missouri Medicaid Lawyer. The attorney will provide options for your specific case and answer questions to help you make decisions.
Soon after the first appointment, depending on the urgency of the situation, the attorney, and usually the Medicaid paralegal, will meet with you to collect needed statements, etc., and sign necessary documents.
Our goal is to apply for Medicaid as soon as possible, usually within days of the first appointment. Sometimes the application is filed before certain documents can be collected and submitted with the application. This third stage allows the client to collect the additional information and provide it to Medicaid. Oftentimes, Medicaid asks for additional information, and this is the stage at which it is requested and provided.
After Medicaid is approved, the matter is concluded for unmarried clients. Married couples have 90 days to make certain the name of the spouse in the nursing home is no longer on the assets, and we assist in this process.
- How much does this cost?
- Do we have to pay for the nursing home while waiting for Medicaid?
- What is needed for the first appointment?
- Does a trust protect my possessions from nursing home costs?
About Paths Elder Law in Kansas City
Our legal experts have more than 25 years experience as Missouri Medicaid Lawyers focusing solely on issues common to seniors and their families. This commonly includes planning for the inevitable with Wills and Trusts or planning for the unforeseen with Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, and Medicaid or VA benefits.
Our caring staff listens to your situation and concerns, then calmly and expeditiously explain your options with a timeline for completion. Our goal is to provide each client with security in legally planning for the inevitable and unforeseen regarding their passing and long-term care needs.
When my mother was suddenly disabled by illness, Rusty made it possible for us to find her long term care while saving my father’s financial stability by his rapid work in establishing his trust. This preserved my father’s ability to live his life and not be financially devastated by the Medicaid system. We deeply appreciate the hard work by Rusty and the staff of Paths for Elder Care.
— George U.
I have referred a number of my Medicare and Financial clients to Paths Elder Law. Their holistic approach to meeting clients estate planning needs is unparalleled and the pricing is extremely reasonable for the level of service provided, both before and after the work is done. Many of my clients have told me that Mr. Fracassa and his team have given them the best attorney experience they've ever had.
— Mark S.
Rusty has been a tremendous attorney helping us navigate setting up my parent's Trust, Wills, POA and Medicaid. We would have been lost in bureaucracy without PATHS. Thank you to your whole team.
— Robin R.
Get in Touch
Reach out to Paths Elder Law today and you'll be one step closer to the peace of mind you're searching for.
We offer an initial consultation (one hour and fifteen minutes) for $250.00.