Medicaid-How long does it take? - page 2

I work in hospice. My patient applied for medicaid in August and was approved for medicaid in August. My mother's lawyer applied for medicaid on June 15th for my mother who has alzheimer's and CHF... Read More

  1. by   NRSKarenRN
    good info re wash. states program. in other states it is called ma wavier (i.e. wavier to keep person out of nursing home). as with all medical assistance programs, federal govenment pays portion and state goven. pays portion so programs vary slightly from state to state, some do not have program.

    questions and answers on the copes program
    copes is a program that pays for personal care and other services for people in their own homes. copes also pays for care in adult family homes, adult residential care facilities, and assisted living facilities. it is designed to help people who, without copes, would need to be in nursing homes.

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    you can apply for copes at local home &
    community services offices. (home &
    community services is a division of dshs.)
    you can find the nearest home & community
    services office by calling 1-800-422-3263
    info in pamphlet is very descriptive of how our programs work in philadelphia:
    care at home options | pda waiver

    family caregiver support program (fcsp)
    in-home support


    from delaware county's cosa dept: useful info on aging
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 5, '06
  2. by   ear
    Quote from nrskarenrn
    good info re wash. states program. in other states it is called ma wavier (i.e. wavier to keep person out of nursing home). as with all medical assistance programs, federal govenment pays portion and state goven. pays portion so programs vary slightly from state to state, some do not have program.

    questions and answers on the copes program
    copes is a program that pays for personal care and other services for people in their own homes. copes also pays for care in adult family homes, adult residential care facilities, and assisted living facilities. it is designed to help people who, without copes, would need to be in nursing homes.

    [font=bookantiqua]


    info in pamphlet is very descriptive of how our programs work in philadelphia:
    care at home options | pda waiver

    family caregiver support program (fcsp)
    in-home support


    from delaware county's cosa dept: useful info on aging

    wow, what great information nrskarenrn!!!

    i have always found it interesting that although medicaid is a federal program, each state runs it so differently. it would benefit so many people if more states had the home programs. nj is trying to get something going, but it just seems to keep petering out.

    thanks for all this info!!!

    ~ear
  3. by   Blackcat99
    Yes-Great information NRS KarenRN!!!! Thanks to all for your imput. I'm going to make copies of the info posted about COPES.:wink2:
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    blackcat, try to get your mother into an adult day program 2 days a week, gives you and her a breather.


    another program developed to keep patients out of nursing homes + enhance quality of life is pace: program of all inclusive care for the elderly.

    pace programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community. covers all healthcare services, daycare, cost of drugs, meals on wheels; adult day care where patients can see eye doctor, get pt, see barber/haidresser, socialize etc ;along with in home care services if needed. patients are case managed with team approach under md/np direction. they do everything to keep someone out of snf/hospital as they have to pay for those sevices too. they are gatekeepers for all healthcare patients receive. patients need to have medicare and eligibility for medical assistance.

    national pace association: pace programs around the country

    in pa we call them life programs as pace is pharmaceutical ssistance for the elderly, prestablished program. pa is lucky to have 6 life programs across the state.

    programs i've worked with:

    [color=#c0973a]life - university of pennsylvania school of nursing

    life-st agnes:featured service: life (living independently for elders)

    please tell other about these wonderful programs!

    nursing spectrum article:
    nurse-led care for frail elders living at home
    life support
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 6, '06
  5. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks again NRSKarenRN. :wink2: Yes, adult day care is wonderful!!!! Mom has been going to adult day care for a long time. I can't get anything done when Mom is at home. I would never had made it without adult day care. That's for sure. I have never heard of the PACE program so I will definately have to check it out.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Update. It turned out that the lawyer had never sent in the medicaid application!!!!! He told me he had sent it in on June 15th. He said he thought he had but then found the application still sitting on his desk!!!! It finally got mailed yesterday Sept. 11th.
  7. by   emllpn2006
    I know a person who lives in Ohio that was paid to take care of her own mother. Apparently from what she told me even if your state doent pay a family member to take care of a elderly person in that family member happens to work home health as a cna or nurse than the agency at its descretion can assign that person to their own family member. This way payment is not made directly to the family member and the agency over sees and keeps records of the family members care. I am sure though that there is more to it due to privacy regulations.
  8. by   ear
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Update. It turned out that the lawyer had never sent in the medicaid application!!!!! He told me he had sent it in on June 15th. He said he thought he had but then found the application still sitting on his desk!!!! It finally got mailed yesterday Sept. 11th.

    UUGGGHH!!!!!

    I am SO sorry to hear that blackcat! I am currently working with about 3 people who have their lawyers "working on medicaid" for them. It is amazing that I need to stay on their backs more than I have to with medicaid themselves.

    Any way to get your money back???


    ~ear
  9. by   KellieNurse06
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Update. It turned out that the lawyer had never sent in the medicaid application!!!!! He told me he had sent it in on June 15th. He said he thought he had but then found the application still sitting on his desk!!!! It finally got mailed yesterday Sept. 11th.
    OMG!!!! See..I had a gut feeling something was up with this!!! I wonder if the lawyer "conviently" forgot.............until you called...bet he/she wasn't expecting that! I bet he had no problem remembering to cash that check though as payment ..............I would DEMAND some form of compensation or something from this idiot.............you could be a pitbull yet tactful by mentioning it like this......." you ARE going to compensate mom , after all....it was YOUR error it wasn't sent in when you claimed" or " You are compensating mom for all the waiting for something that should of been done along time ago"..........Do not take it lightly that he "forgot"...if he forgot something like filing a medicaid application........what happens if it were something else that was very very important????????
    People just don't give a crap these days and it goes up my rear end sideways!!!!! Sorry to get on my soapbox...but I find that you need to ride peoples butts to get anywhere............it's a shame really.......The squeeky wheel gets the oil!!!!
    Last edit by KellieNurse06 on Sep 13, '06
  10. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks emllpn2006, ear, and KellieNurse06.:wink2: Yes, this has been some experience. I am still in shock!!!
  11. by   Adalisa
    Was reading about how your mom had applied for medicaid. Was just wondering how long did it actually take for her to get approved?

    I am currently with a lawyer who is doing all the paperwork to get my mom approved for medicaid. Only thing is she transferred all her assets to me a couple years ago and I don't know how that is going to factor into the approval processes.

    Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
  12. by   caregiver1977
    I worked with my local Medicaid office (I live in central, Mississippi). The Medicaid workers told me that it can take up to 30 business days from the time the application was submitted.
  13. by   noc4senuf
    I work in the metro area of MN. It depends on which county you are in there. the larger the population, the longer the wait. I have known it to take up to a year, and then the facility's aging report does not look nice.

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