Does Medicaid pay for home assistance for the elderly?


Quick Answer

If an individual is eligible for nursing home care, then Medicaid can usually offer home assistant services instead, according to Nolo. There's a chance the home care provider may not accept Medicaid even if the individual qualifies for home assistance.

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A majority of home assistance services and facilities that accept Medicaid are licensed by the state and are required to meet federal standards, notes Nolo. In addition to the elderly, children and young adults may also qualify for Medicaid home assistance, depending on state requirements. States have different requirements regarding what's considered medically necessary for individuals who desire home assistance. A physician is more than likely required to say whether an individual needs assistance.

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