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My mom is asking all her doctors if they will accept Medicaid. So far so good. I'm thankful She is becoming more proactive in her care. Today I spoke with a women in Ft. Myers at the aging center. She told me that mom had to be disabled to get Medicaid. I have not seen that in writing anywhere. Are any of you aware of that?

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Lighthouse, the $2,000 I am referring to is not monthly income, it is the total countable asset of your mom, vegaslady is correct, it may include bank accounts (and other money market accounts) and stocks - (insurance and retirement accounts does not count as assets). Depending on which state you belong, the qualifications may vary but as a general guideline, the poverty criteria is usually $2,000 total assets. Check with the agency who handles Medicaid program in your area, you may even check it online and submit application for eligibility.
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Medicaid has historically been for low income children, their parents, AND low income adults who were aged (65+), blind or disabled. Your mom doesn't have to be "disabled" for Medicaid because she is "aged". I believe that in 2014 the population of persons eligible for Medicaid may have been expanded, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Not all states signed up for the expanded Medicaid program. The $2000 referred to above was not monthly income, but assets (usually a bank account). Details of Medicaid eligibility are state specific. Medicare is not only available to those aged 65+, but to people with end stage renal disease and to those who have been on Social Security Disability for 2 years.
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Karen, is that $2,000.00 monthly? As I posted before Mom has a considerable amount of debt trying to pay medical bills and medication. We have been paying her living expenses for 6 years. Now that most of mine and my siblings kids are in college we can focus more on moms situation. She will turn 79 this year, has Kidney disease, glaucoma, and is on a blood thinner and 5 other medicines. We can not continue to support her for much longer and am trying to get a handle on doctors, medicines, and an AARP medical policy that is costing over $200. 00 a month. I'm sure there are some changes that would help her. I did fine that a doctor was prescribing allergy eye drops to her that were expensive. She switched to Visine allergy drops and they work very well. I'm hoping to fine more , ways to help her out.
Mom has Medicare, with thE AARP supplement. I hoping she can qualify for Medicaid so we can drop the AARP.
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The woman you spoke to is wrong. Medicaid is for low income. Medicare is for the aged or disabled.
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Qualifying for medicaid does not require you to be disable, they have a poverty criteria which requires you to have a total asset of not more than $2,000 to qualify.

Does your mom requires long term care services like continuous care, medication and treatment or does she have any chronic illness?

It is medicare which require you to be 65y.o. and above to qualify, if you are younger than 65, you need to be disable to qualify for medicare. However, medicare only helps you with health care and not long term care services for a short period of time. Check with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in your area, they oversee these programs.

As an advice, you can check on the long term care partnership program (http://goo.gl/M97IYR) which is a collaboration between the government and private insurance providers. It also involves medicaid but qualifying is much more easier.
Hope this helps :)
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Persons younger than 65 receiving disability payments are eligible for Mediciad. In some states the enrollment is automatic and in others it must be applied for separately. (My disabled younger brother is on Medicaid, and very grateful for it.)

MediCARE is available to anyone over 65 who has earned enough social security credits.

MediCAID is a needs-based program. Applicants must qualify financially and also medically. It is best known for paying for nursing home costs, but it also includes programs that assist elders to stay in the community, for example in their own home or that of a relative.

Is Mother looking ahead to a time in the future when she might need Medicaid services? Does she need them now? You are right, it is good she is taking an interest in her own care.
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She doesn't need to be disabled - just poor! A person younger than 65 can only get MediCARE if they are disabled. Anyone over 65 can get it - unless they are not US residents or other reasons, but the average American who worked or was married to someone who worked is eligible.

Medicaid is available if your income and assets are low enough. You can still own a car and a home, but they may put a lien on the house, to be repaid from your estate.
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