Medicaid Will Pay for In-Home Health Care

When it started out, Medicaid payments for long-term elderly care were limited to payments to nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities. However, after years of pressure from advocates for the senior population, Medicaid now offers payments for services that allow the patients to remain in their own homes.

Medicaid officials recognized that many seniors could achieve better results and remain healthy longer if allowed to remain in the home as long as possible. Whether they need supervised nursing care or simply a caregiver who will check in on them from time to time to make sure they are clean, fed, and taking their medications correctly, patients often prefer to stay at home. Not to mention, home care is inevitably cheaper for the government.

In-home health care providers must be properly licensed and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The Medicaid program itself is funded jointly by state and federal governments, so there will be differing specific requirements depending on the state. For overall information, you may contact The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The programs do provide payment for community-based care, such as adult daycare facilities, as well as in-home health care for those with chronic conditions. This can include those with AIDS/HIV, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and a host of other disabilities or disorders.

Among those eligible for Medicaid help are those who qualify under the definition of low income and are:

  • 65 or older
  • Blind or otherwise disabled
  • Leaving welfare
  • Have medical bills that cannot be paid

If you qualify, in-home health care services and personal care services are covered under the list of “optional” services Medicaid will help pay for. Home health care services include companion care, private-duty nursing care, respite and intermittent care, personal and companion care, and household and sitter services.