If you are a senior who has been looking into long-term care options, you have probably also been looking into ways that you can pay for that care. While there are a few options for payment, Medicaid can be a big help, especially for low-income seniors. Not only will Medicaid cover basic medical needs, it can help pay for services like in-home health care and nursing homes. It can be a little tricky to navigate Medicaid but there are plenty of resources here in Philadelphia that can make the process easier.
First things first, you need to make sure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements before applying for Medicaid. For seniors, this means you are 65 or older or you have a disability or you require care for a condition that will last longer than a year. You need to be a resident of Pennsylvania as well as a U.S. citizen. Your income level as well as any large assets you have will also be taken into consideration, but won’t include things like your house or car.
You have four different options when it comes to applying for Medicaid. Perhaps the easiest and fastest way is applying online at Compass Pennsylvania where you can check requirements and fill out your application all in one spot. You can also mail in your application by printing out this form and sending it to the address on the form or your local county assistance office.
You can apply by phone by calling (866) 550-4355, and finally you can apply in person at your local county office. If you need more person to person help, you can go to these locations as well:
Camden Medicaid Office- 2 Riverside Dr. #401 (856) 614-2870 Department of Public Welfare- (800) 692-7462
If you want to fill out an application online but don’t have a computer or internet access, the City of Philadelphia Parks Department oversees dozens of computer labs across the neighborhood. You can find a computer lab in your area and get free access to a computer, the internet, and volunteers.
Under Medicaid, you can receive many of the same services that you would find in other insurance programs. You can get services like doctor’s appointments, medical procedures, and even dental care. As a senior, you will have even more options when it comes to long-term care coverage.
Pennsylvania long-term care services include both home and community services to make sure you get the type of care you need. This can include things like an in-home health aid or a stay at an approved nursing home. You can also look into their waivers to see what other services you might be eligible for.
If you need to get to a medical appointment or any other outing, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has a wide variety of services. You can get free or discounted rides to everything from a doctor’s appointment to a trip to the grocery store. There are even a few services like LogistiCare that offer rides exclusively for Medicaid recipients. For more information on LogistiCare, you can call them at (877) 835-7412.
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