New Orleans Medicaid Strategies Attorney

Attorney for Medicaid Planning, Eligibility, & More in Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Medicaid is an incredibly complex program. First, it is massive. More Americans rely on Medicaid for healthcare coverage than any other single insurance provider. If you are worried about qualifying for Medicaid coverage, you are not alone. Nor are you alone if you are confused by the process or uncertain how Medicaid fits into your plan for meeting your healthcare needs now and in the future.

Brown Weimer, LLC is skilled in Medicaid strategy and can provide you with high-quality legal help in interacting with the Medicaid system. Estate planning, incapacity planning, long-term care planning, and Medicaid planning are all closely-related topics. Our attorneys can weave together a number of documents and plans, drawing from different areas of the law, to design for you a customized Medicaid strategy and a long-term plan.

Legal Strategies for Qualifying for Medicaid

One of the most complicated - and possibly frustrating - interactions many people will have with the Medicaid system involves merely qualifying for the program. In Louisiana, there are a number of eligibility requirements you must meet in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage. Generally, you must show that your financial and health situations demonstrate a need for assistance.

Two requirements many struggle with are the strict income and asset caps. Your household income must fall below 138% of the federal poverty guideline. You also may not possess assets considered sufficient to cover your healthcare expenses, although many are shocked at how low the limit is. You may find that despite your genuine need, you may not appear to meet these requirements.

There are steps we can take to help guard your assets while preserving your eligibility. Trusts are commonly used for this purpose, as assets contained in certain types of trusts may not be counted against you.

Medicaid and Estate Planning

Medicaid and estate planning may sound like entirely unrelated legal issues, but this is not so. Some estates of Medicaid recipients may be subject to Medicaid estate recovery actions. Essentially, this form of estate litigation occurs when Medicaid believes that it is owed money for services provided upon the passing of a Medicaid user.

Needless to say, this type of action can deplete the assets your beneficiaries will ultimately receive. However, through cautious planning, our attorneys may be able to guard your estate assets as well. You probably want your succession assets to be passed to your surviving loved ones rather than being used to reimburse the government. We can help you begin planning for this even before you have submitted an application.

Medicaid and Long-Term Care Financing

It is wise to make plans for the possibility that you will need to live in a skilled nursing facility or long-term care home. As lifespans continue to increase, so does the likelihood that you may become incapacitated later in life. Incapacity planning is an important task.

Many rely on Medicare to pay for long-term care costs. If Medicare may play a role in financing your care in the future, there are steps we can help you take now to preserve your access to this program.

Our attorneys can also address a variety of other elder law concerns. We take the protection of senior citizens very seriously, dedicating a large portion of our practice to meeting the needs of elders.

Contact a New Orleans Lawyer for Medicaid Strategies

Brown Weimer, LLC, is skilled in Medicaid strategy. Successfully navigating this program can take experience and a wealth of legal knowledge. Let our team of attorneys help you make the most of Medicaid. Contact us at 504-561-8700 for a free consultation. We represent clients in Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes and metro New Orleans, as well as Harvey, Mandeville, Gretna, Thibodaux, Kenner, Metairie, Covington, Houma, Slidell, and Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. John Parishes.

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