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Medicaid Planning and Long-Term Care: An Overview

With Americans living longer than ever before, planning for the high cost of long-term care is critical to preserving a family’s hard-earned savings. Most seniors will likely require some form of long-term care, but many of them are unprepared for the significant financial burdens it places on their family.

elderlywomanwritingMedicaid is a health and long-term care coverage program that is jointly financed by states and the federal government. Each state establishes and administers its own Medicaid program and determines the type, amount, duration, and scope of services covered within broad federal guidelines. Federal law also requires states to cover certain mandatory eligibility groups, including qualified parents, children, and pregnant women with low income, as well as older adults and people with disabilities with low income.  States must cover certain mandatory benefits and may choose to provide other optional benefits.

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