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 and still has not received an answer. How long does it usually take to get a yes or no answer in regards to applying for medicaid? Thanks for any assistance or advice.
Sep 3, '06
Well.....hopefully the lawyer didn't "forget" to file........Medicaid is such a small form..you actually could of filled it out for her for free yourself........That sounds fishy to me that a lawyer was paid to fill out a Medicaid application, especially if your mother has Alzheimers .. that would be a red flag to me.....jmpo.........not to sound like gloom & doom..........but you know how some people try to take advantage of others...sadly. The only reason I know those things about Medicaid is because my job waitressing had no insurance ....so I had to have insurance..and I got Medicaid.......They forgot to send my card so when I called I had the card in 2 days...........Is your mother applying for Medicaid or MediCare??? MediCare takes longer to hear from......and with all those new rules & co pay things it can take a few months....... but I would personally be right on top of that just so you know your mother wasn't taken advantage of.....hope fully that isn't the case, I am sure.......but you just never know these days........well good luck....please let me know what happens! :icon_hug:
p.s. I would call Medicaid or MediCare...heck both......and ask them first...so then you can call the lawyer & find out if he truly did apply when you ask questions..that way if he is bluffing you already spoke to the insurance people...........you HAVE to be one step ahead of people sadly......well good luck!
Last edit by KellieNurse06 on Sep 3, '06
Sep 3, '06
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Medicaid wont pay a family member to be a caregiver in PA--viewed as conflict of interest. They WILL provide support program for caregiver, reimbursement for personal care supplies and patient can be enrolled in nursing home diverson program which WILL provide caregivers from list of contracted providers.
Best wishes for you and mom. Just contact area office of aging to get services started --look in blue pages phone book under Senior Services. NO lawyer necessary...I make about 5 calls per week and can get patient eval started usually in 2 weeks in Philly area.
Your state MAY require MA51 form--filled out by doctor, which documents that she is nursing home eligible. Programs in my area now allow self declaration and nursing agency/hospital can submit info.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 3, '06