Simply stated, the answer is “No”, “No”, and “No”. There are no instructions to explain how to fill-out the Medicaid Application. Consequently, this results in many hidden traps that could have been avoided. I have a retired attorney friend who believed he could help his family member complete the Medicaid Application–he ended up receiving a “first-look denial” of benefits for that family member. Medicaid workers, at most offices, do not know how to fill-out the application, nor do they have a vested interest in your cause. Remember, it is the function of the Medicaid office to deny you benefits that you are entitled too! It can become very adversarial at times. Medicaid wins when you get frustrated with the system and drop your claim for benefits. The private pay rate for a local nursing home is typically anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 per month depending upon services needed. Mistakes can be very costly.
If you are facing a long-term care situation in your family, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (888) 829-0894 to disuss your matter–we are here to help.