My wife's mother is finally Medicaid pending and we met eligibility spend down by Nov 1st. So we're waiting for a Medicaid decision...and waiting...and waiting.
Meanwhile, our attorney advised that we spend her money as if she's on Medicaid now to avoid allegations of mishandling her money by the NH where MIL is now. We're keeping household expenses on the house at or below $150/month for the next six months and won't spend more than $35 of her money on her. The rest is supposed to go toward medical care.
The big question is whether or not Medicaid will reimburse the pharmacy's co-pay bill. The prescription co-pays are what's left from her secondary insurance from FIL's federal retirement. She does not have Medicare Part D. The pharmacy that services the NH is sending her bills monthly.
If Medicaid will pick up the co-pays like the state's website says, then wouldn't that be retroactive to when she became Medicaid eligible which would be the first of this month? She'd be responsible for any costs before that, even under the 90 day "retro" period for the PEME process, so paying those now is the same as paying them later.
We're just trying to keep from running afoul with the NH who could accuse us of not giving them around $190 extra dollars per month.
Any thoughts? We're RunRagged!