How do I get my Father (86) on Medicaid?

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He doesn't have enough money to pay for his monthly prescriptions. He lives with his wife who has been hospitalized for the last 8 weeks, on and off, and he is lost without her. I am trying to help, but financially can't take on any of his expenses.

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Assuming you are on line, go on your state's government website and look up Aging services, or Medical Assistance, different states call it different names.....there is usually plenty of preliminary info there. Yes you have to be basically at poverty level, and have no more than $2500 (someone can update the correct figure for a couple ) in assets. The house and one car is excluded, but is subject to Medicaid Estate Recovery after they pass away, as a way of paying back for all the expenses the taxpayers had to pay for them. One way to get the assets.down is to prepay both of their funeral expenses (each state has a different dollar amount that may be spent on this ). I don't know much about your situation but if you have any assets, or receive pensions besides Social Security, you might benefit from visiting with an Estate or Elder lawyer. Sometimes you can set up a specific type of trust account so the assets you have are stretched out a little longer. But basically if you are asking the state to pay for your needs, be prepared to turn over all your bank records, and sharpen your pencils to make sure all applicable questions are answered in time.. there may be a "penalty period" during which they don't cover expenses due to large gifts within past 5 years. Yes, they look at all your records for past 5 years.....so be prepared for an intensive qualifying examination. You can do it, and I hope you are assigned to a competent case worker! Best Wishes!
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Just remember when applying for Medicaid they must be basically on the poverty level income wise.
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Print out a Power of Attorney form off the internet and have him sign it, witnessed by 2 people other than yourself. With this, you should be able to contact Medicaid for him and get him enrolled. You'll need to know his pertinent information to complete the forms. You may be able to initiate this online as well. It never hurts to call Medicaid directly and ask for help to make this happen quickly. I had a good experience with Medicare for my mom so, you should be able to get some help with this. Just get started. I wish you lots of love and luck!
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