The need for Medicaid benefits arises when a senior enters nursing care and needs long-term care. Medicare only covers skilled medical care (hospitalization, post-surgical care, physical therapy, etc.). Medicare does not cover assisted daily living care (care bathing, feeding or dressing). Once a senior is admitted to nursing care and they do not require skilled medical care, Medicare stops paying for the senior’s care. It is then necessary for the senior to either pay for the nursing care out of their own assets or apply for Medicaid. There are income qualifications that must be met to receive Medicaid.
To learn more about Medicaid visit www.Medicaid.gov.