There are a lot of people in New York that are getting their long-term care costs covered by Medicaid. Many people think that Medicaid is a complicated process or that they will not meet the requirements, but that isn’t true. If you’re a low-income senior looking for help with your long-term care costs you could get help through Medicaid. There are plenty of resources for citizens of New York that can help make the application process easier and get you access to things like nursing homes, adult day care programs, and hospice care.
As a senior, you need to be at least 65 or have a disability that will require care for a year or longer. You also need to be a citizen of the U.S. and meet certain financial requirements. Your total income will be looked at as well as any large assets not including your house or your car. If you also have a lot of medical bills, that too will be taken into consideration.
If you have access to a computer in your home, an online application is going to be the easiest way to get your benefits started. You can go to the New York State of Health website to see if you meet the qualifications and start your application process.
If you would prefer to get face to face help with your application, there are a few places in New York that you can visit.
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If you don’t have access to a computer or you don’t have an internet connection, The New York Department of Aging has partnered with public libraries, senior centers, and the Parks Department to offer seniors access to computers as well as classes on how to use the internet and other technology. Volunteers can help you navigate websites as well as fill out applications online.
Medicaid will cover basic medical needs just like other insurance plans and that includes things like hospital visits, doctor appointments, and health clinic services. For seniors, there are also long-term care options that can be covered under Medicaid. You can get in-home help like housekeeping or a health aid, you can also get physical therapy, rehabilitation services, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
You can check with the New York State Department of Health to see which facilities are covered under Medicaid or you can just ask your provider if their services qualify for Medicaid coverage.
If you don’t have a car or can’t drive but still need to get to a medical appointment, there are transportation services in New York that can help you. LogistiCare is a service that is specifically for Medicaid enrollees and will help get you to your appointments. You can request rides online or call and schedule an appointment. To learn more about the rules and regulations, you can visit their website or call (877) 564-5911.
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