Navigating through the maze of Medicaid eligibility, application and assistance can be a challenge for senior citizens or their caregivers. Senior living consultants can help clients with the piles of paperwork to qualify for Medicaid. Keeping up with changes in Medicaid for current recipients can also be an obstacle to receiving medical care.
Medicaid changes in 2013 for Kentucky
Although Medicaid is mandated by the federal government, each state handles Medicaid differently. On January 1, Kentucky expanded Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to include several new companies in the Louisville metro area. The four providers now include:
- Coventry Cares
- Wellcare of Kentucky
“The managed care approach is familiar to Medicaid recipients in the Jefferson County area, but having a choice of managed care organizations is new,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes in a press release. “Passport has been a good partner and has served the region’s recipients well for 15 years, but the federal government now requires that individuals have a choice of providers.”
The MCOs will provide service in the following Kentucky counties: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington. The initial contracts with the MCOs will run for 18 months from Jan. 1, 2013, with an option for one-year extensions up to four years.
Senior solutions for Medicaid
With even more choices for Medicaid providers in Kentucky, a senior consultant can go through the various options and help you decide on the best one for you. Medicaid coverage can help defray the cost of outpatient care, assisted living and nursing homes for senior citizens.
However, deciding on the best option for you or your loved one can be a complex process. Senior consultants have knowledge of facilities across the Louisville metro area, and can find facilities with openings that provide long-term care for Medicaid patients.