I recently moved from VA to SC. My Mother is in a nursing home via Medicaid. What is necessary to move her to SC? - AgingCare.com

I recently moved from VA to SC. My Mother is in a nursing home via Medicaid. What is necessary to move her to SC?

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She needs to remain on Medicaid. I am receiving conflicting answers to transfer her from one state to another. She is 89 and has many medical issues.

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Medicare does not pay for nursing care, Medicaid does. Since Medicaid varies from State to State I would call your local Medicaid Dept (in my case, Social Service) and ask if they have any literature.
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Is there an article about this that I can read? I have many questions regarding the financial side of nursing home care and medicare.
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I would consult with her doctors as to whether she would have problems due to the move itself...
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The social worker at her NH should be able to help you.
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Your Mom would need to apply to & qualify for however NH Medicaid is administered in SC. She would need to find a NH that will accept her at the level of care indicated in her last care plan at the old VA NH plus as an "Medicaid Pending" & out-of-state transfer. Whether this is hard or easy will be very much dependent on SC medicaid rules. I would imagine that the SC NH will require someone who is a legal resident of SC to sign off on a payment contract to be financially responsible for payment to the NH for moms stay if Medicaid is declined or takes over a certain # of weeks to process.

Medicaid is a joint federal & state entitlement but uniquely managed by each state. Medicare is totally federal & it can be used if a facility takes the Medicare plan you are on.

Moving from 1 NH medicaid bed to another can be done but will require work on your part to get documentation done and a willingness on the part of the new NH to deal with transfers plus the extra issues posed from coming out of state.
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