Medicaid is a government run program that provides health care assistance to vulnerable and poor Americans. Medicaid caters for vulnerable persons such as those above 65 years of age, younger persons with various disabilities as well as persons with an advanced Renal Disease. Beneficiaries of this program are required to contribute a deductable amount that changes annually before any Medicaid begins to pay off. Medicaid targets individuals and families with a low income and limited resources and also assists poor and vulnerable children as well as pregnant mothers living in poverty. Small income is the main consideration for eligibility.
Before applying for Medicaid, it is highly advisable that you seek the counsel of a Medicaid attorney, and specifically from a bona fide one since not all of them are knowledgeable on the matter. If you encounter a problem with health care benefits and other Medicaid related matters, you need advice from an attorney on how to go about the issue.
Here are some tips on how to find the right attorney.
• Not every attorney with elder law experience is a qualified one to deal with legal issues on Medicaid. Elder law is a wide subject that comprises of very many legal issues and services dealing with those who are past retirement age. This is to say that an attorney may be well competent in an issue such as housing, but not knowledgeable in Medicaid. You need to be specific and pick on an attorney who specializes in Medicaid.
• You could start by listing and thoroughly searching for an attorney by your state contacting various legal firms to find out if they have a Medicaid attorney. There are various available websites for you to do your search, and you can list them down. If you do not get a satisfying answer, cancel the firm out and try the next one on your list, short listing the firms or attorneys, until you get to the right one. It is good to keep in mind those firms with a long time experience in Medicaid cover and claims are quite quick to confirm that they can handle these areas. Once you identify a number of firms providing Medicaid legal services, go ahead and judge their knowledge and experience, keeping in mind that well informed attorneys are quite knowledgeable in every legal area of the functions of Medicaid including your rights. Let your search be based on finding the firm or attorney that has the capacity to handle your issue, then book an appointment with them.
• Inquire on the documents you are required to carry with you to the meeting. Usually a reliable firm will send you mail to remind you of the documents you are required to bring with you at the meeting. It is advisable that you consider to first meet the Medicaid attorney in person before the meeting, and get to know them well asking for their credentials, as well as developing a relationship that will help to make the legal process easy for both of you.