This guide provides basic information on some of the planning techniques that can be used to obtain Medicaid benefits for Florida nursing home residents.
Consider Hiring An Attorney
An Elder Law attorney can help determine if the nursing home resident qualifies for Florida Medicaid benefits by analyzing the income and assets of the nursing home resident and his or her spouse. Once the income and assets are analyzed, the Elder Law attorney can work with the family of the nursing home resident to construct and execute a Medicaid plan to help the nursing home resident qualify for Medicaid benefits.
Gather Required Documentation
Before submitting the Medicaid application, it is necessary to obtain certain documentation to submit to DCF for approval of Medicaid benefits. Required documentation generally includes the driver's license, Medicare card, health insurance card, and bank statements for the nursing home resident and his or her spouse. Additional documentation may be requested by DCF to complete the Medicaid process.
Complete Tasks Required to Qualify Nursing Home Resident for Benefits
If the nursing home resident has an income over the asset limit, then a Qualified Income (Miller) Trust will need to be drafted by an attorney and executed by the nursing home resident (if competent) or their Agent under the Power of Attorney. If the nursing home resident's assets are over the asset limit, then the assets may need to be spent down, transferred to a spouse, or otherwise structured to qualify the nursing home resident for Medicaid. An Elder Law attorney can provide you with different options and steps that need to be taken to reduce the nursing home resident's assets.
Submit Medicaid Application Online
Once the income and assets are under the Medicaid limits, the Medicaid application can be completed through the Florida Department of Children and Families website. Be sure to write down your user name and password used to submit the application.
Receive Approval or Denial Letter from DCF
Generally within 60 days of submitting the Medicaid Application, you will receive a letter from DCF either approving or denying Medicaid benefits. If you receive a denial, it is important to review the letter for information stating why the Medicaid benefits were denied. It is possible that a denial was issued simply because documentation was missing. If this is the case, you can fix the error by submitting the required documentation.
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