Most Americans do not think about Medicaid very much. They think that it is just the health care program for poor people that they will not personally ever need. However, if you have any desire to live into old age, then you should be concerned about the debate over the program currently going on in Congress.
Medicaid is the extremely expensive government program. It is intended to provide health care for the poorest Americans.
Medicaid is often an easy program for politicians to attack as too costly, because most Americans are not poor and do not think they will ever be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.
Thus, when a politician talks about cutting the costs of the program, it is easy for many people to nod their heads in agreement.
Medicaid is not that simple.
Many people who do not think they will ever need Medicaid are mistaken, as The New York Times points out in “Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You.”
Medicaid provides health care for a substantial number of the nation’s elderly.
More than 60% of people in nursing homes, have their care paid for by the program. Many more receive home health care through the program.
If you grow old and outlive your retirement funds, which is easy to do, given the costs of health care for the elderly, then you might need Medicaid to pay for your care someday.
That is not to say you should have an opinion one way or another in the debate over the program. However, you should take a personal interest in it, because your future interests are at stake.
Reference: New York Times (June 30, 2017) “Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You.”
I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.
The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!
Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.
Josh Nelson, and his staff, have been amazingly helpful to our family. The ins and outs of nursing homes, the rules and regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid are daunting and the folks at Nelson Elder Care Law have been informative, responsive, and above all, empathetic. I cannot emphasize enough how their service has taken a weight off of our shoulders especially during a world pandemic that has targeted nursing homes across our country. I highly recommend retaining Josh and his firm!
I had a simple legal question to them that I needed answered and they very helpful in giving me the information I needed. I highly recommend them and will reach out to them if I need more advice or assistance. Thank you for taking your time to just answer a couple of questions I had!