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My uncle is on Medi-Cal but we’re looking to move him to a cheaper state to live is it hard to switch to Medicaid from Medi-Cal?

I really think before you do this, you need to research the state program you are considering moving him to. California, New York, Michigan and a few others have a more progressive and expansive programs than most other states. While living costs may be lower, the state may not allocate enough money into the Medicaid program for your uncle's needs to be met.
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According to this article by an AgingCare expert, there is no problem applying in the new state. You can apply the next day after moving. The problem is that you do have to apply, it’s not a transfer.

Constitutionally you are allowed to move but the new states rules will apply.

The expert recommends seeking the help of an elder attorney. You might also contact the facility you want to move your loved one to and see what they advise, if they have a bed available etc.

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Moving-to-A-New-State-Can-Affect-Medicaid-Eligibility-174671.htm
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worriedinCali Apr 16, 2019
What that article fails to mention is that proof of state residency is required in some states. So it’s not just a matter of moving and applying the next day.
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you can’t just switch from medi-cal to medicaid. Your uncle will have to apply for your state’s Medicaid program once he’s moved. He may or may not have to be a resident of the state for a certain period of time before he’s eligible for Medicaid. His Medi-cal coverage will not cross state lines so you need to start the Medicaid process and make sure he’ll be eligible before you move him.
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How old is your Uncle?
Does he have Medicare yet?

From what I understand about Medicaid, it is a combination of Medicare and MediCal.

Is this a trick question?
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worriedinCali Apr 16, 2019
Not sure why you think this is a trick question? It’s a legit question but obviously it helps to actually know what medi-cal and Medicaid are. medicaid is not a combination of Medicare and medi-cal. Medi-cal is california’s version of medicaid. Medicaid is health care for low income/no income indignant folks. California has their own version called medi-cal.
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I don't think that you switch, I think you apply for Medicaid in the state you move to. I do know you have to be a resident of a state to apply.

I would check how long you have to be in the state to be considered a legal resident, what proof is required to prove residence.

I would also contact the Medicaid office in the town you plan on moving him to and get their assistance. They will be able to tell you exactly what they will require to apply, you may need items from medi-cal and I am certain it will be easier to get them while you can still run in and pick up.

I wouldn't move him before you know if he will qualify for benefits, however, he may be able to live without government aid if the price of living is so much cheaper.
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