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Long-term care plan: Mandatory vs. optional benefits of Medicaid

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2023 | Long-term health care

Preparing for your long-term care is a good practice, especially if you are planning to secure benefits from the government. During the process, you have to carefully prepare your application to maximize the benefits you can get to assist you with paying for your long-term care.

If you meet your state’s eligibility requirements, you can enjoy the mandatory benefits of public benefit programs, like Medicaid. However, states also cover optional benefits for you as part of their assistance.

Comparing inclusions

Mandatory benefits are those services that are normally available to patients, such as inpatient and outpatient hospital services, laboratory services and nursing facility services, among others.

On the other hand, optional benefits are services that typically focus on certain patient groups, such as people with speech, hearing and language disorders, psychiatric needs, or hospice care requirements.

While nursing facility benefits are mandatory, other long-term care, such as private duty nursing services and personal care assistance are optional.

Choosing a suitable Medicaid plan for you

There are several steps before you can choose a suitable Medicaid plan. Before anything else, you must understand and meet the technical, medical and financial requirements to obtain the benefits. If you prioritize coverage for your long-term care, including nursing home care services, you must ensure your needs and qualifications align before applying.

The process can be overwhelming since you have to consider various factors, such as your safety, convenience and financial capacity. Fortunately, assistance is always available and seeking advice may be what you need to secure both your assets and long-term health care.