My mom has been in NH for rehab after a fall since mid-June after a hospital stay. The first 2-1/2 weeks were covered 100% by Medicare but she was discharged from Medicare coverage eff. 6/28 at which point it turned over to Medicaid coverage. Her determination letter from DHS clearly states that effective 7/1/19 she has a patient pay amount of $701.00 per month.
The nursing home was sending the initial invoice to my mom at her home address (even though she's THERE at the nursing home), and I'm picking up her mail at the P.O. every couple weeks while it's being held. There was a redetermination made at the end of July which decreased her patient pay by about half, to $302/month, once again clearly stated in the DHS letter as being effective retroactive to July 1, 2019. It even specifically spells out that this patient pay is for the months of July, August, and September if my mom is still in the NH in September.
1. This latest billing from the NH was sent to ME at my home address. I know it's a technicality and I'm a co-owner on her checking account so I will be writing out the checks (from her account) to the NH anyway, but I don't want any insinuation that I am "responsible" for these payments...my mom is. I never signed anything stating that I personally was financially liable for her patient pay/nursing home charges. I just don't want the NH to come back later, after she has passed away, etc., saying that I personally owe them money, and that I didn't object to the invoices having my name on them in the past, etc. Am I being too paranoid about this?
2. The updated billing that was sent to ME at my home address listed the updated patient pay amount for JUNE, July and August. According to the DHS letter there was no patient pay for the month of June. But the NH is showing "June 29-30" with a patient pay as well as the full months of July and August so far. When I talked to the DHS person about having the redetermination done she even made the comment about how she's not having to pay for June even though the last 2 days in June were covered under Medicaid. Am I being petty about that extra month? That's $302 that could be used toward my mom's other household bills. The initial billing that the nursing home sent to my mom was for the month of JULY only for the first patient pay amount of $701. Not sure why they have now added June since June was never indicated in either determination by DHS.