Medicaid was signed into law in 1965 for the purpose of providing certain benefits, including medical benefits, for individuals in financial need. While the Medicaid program was enacted by the federal government, each state is responsible for administering the program for its citizens. Generally speaking, eligibility for Medicaid benefits depends on an individual’s income and assets.
Idaho Medicaid benefits include assistance for the aged, blind, and disabled (sometimes referred to as AABD benefits). AABD benefits are generally available for individuals over age 65 and/or those who are blind and/or disabled. Providing coverage for an elderly individual’s stay in a long-term care facility is one benefit available through the AABD program.
Many individuals require the assistance and care available in long-term care facilities, including assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Idaho Medicaid will pay for the costs associated for stay in an Idaho Medicaid-approved facility. Idaho Medicaid will continue to pay for the care as long as the patient remains eligible for benefits through the Idaho Medicaid AABD program.
Idaho Medicaid AABD benefits are also available for individuals requiring in-home care rather than the full-time care available in a long-term care facility. These benefits allow individuals to continue to reside in their home with their loved ones while also receiving required care.
Individuals who are age 65 and older, and who qualify for Idaho Medicaid AABD benefits, will continue to receive benefits from Medicare. It is important to understand the differences between the benefits available, and received, from both Medicaid and Medicare as both programs are generally necessary for the well-being of most elderly individuals.
The attorneys at Racine Olson can help you understand the many benefits available through each program. We regularly assist individuals with completing Idaho Medicaid applications and communicating with the Medicaid application team to ensure our clients receive benefits as quickly as possible.
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