Paying for a private assisted living home for my friend who is on Medicaid. Will that void her benefits for other medical care? Her SO and I just won guardianship from her family. He can afford to move her to a private AL facility. Will they come after him to reimburse them for the 2 1/2 years she has been in the system? Just trying to figure out what to expect, and how to minimize the financial damage if possible. We don't really WANT her to stay on Medicaid, but don't want to be punished for stepping up to take care of her properly either. TIA!
You do want to make sure that she is fully clear on paying her SOC (share of cost) to the NH to the exact date she moves out & into private pay facility. now that you are her guardian, the current facility should give you copies of all her statements, contacts, etc from when she entered to her departure date. I'd get all of this just in case there is ever a future issue or if later on finances change and she needs to go back on Medicaid (so you have the documents submitted previously). You never know.....and if she should need to go into a higher level of care - like a NH - the costs can get staggering. Like double or more than an AL. What $eem$ affordable now may not always be....
Favor to ask of you.....if when you meet with an elder law atty., if it shakes down that the state wants to be reinbursed for costs paid and they attached her SS or other monthly income to do this, could you post this info? As a supercreditor, the state can attached income sources - like they do for child support- but I've never heard of the State doing this for elder care situations where the elder is impoverished.
You & SO deserve platinum hugs for doing guardianship& moving her!