Medicaid versus Medicare – FAQs

I always get Medicaid and Medicare confused – Can you tell us the difference? Distinguishing between Medicare and Medicaid can be confusing, but there are several key differences between the two. Medicare: Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure… Read More »

What Documents Do I Need to File for Medicaid?

So, you have decided that you are in need of Medicaid services, but you are not sure where to begin. Aside from contacting an Elder Law Attorney to make sure that you meet the asset and income thresholds set by Medicaid, there are also a number of other items that are required to start the… Read More »

Medicaid and Your Stimulus Check

So, the stimulus checks went out. Now what? For those who received those funds, the hope was that you would be using the funds to help pay for things you need and in turn, that would help the economy. What happens if you are on Medicaid? What happens if you are in a nursing home… Read More »

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Changes to Medicaid Application Process during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A recently issued General Information System message (GIS) from the New York State Department of Health (which can be found here: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/publications/docs/gis/20ma04.pdf) implements new and sweeping changes to the Medicaid application process. According to the GIS, these procedures will be in place “for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency”. Here is a brief… Read More »

Does Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living?

Generally, the answer to this question is “No”. However, Medicaid does have a program, aptly named the “Assisted Living Program” (or “ALP”) that does provide Medicaid coverage for an assisted living.  There are a number of facilities in New York, and about a half-dozen or so on Long Island, in the ALP program. Most assisted… Read More »