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Income and Resource Limits for New York State Public Health Insurance Programs
Here is the 2018 HRA Income and Resource Levels chart. This short summary chart shows that income limits have increased for the new "MAGI" category created by the Affordable Care Act, but not for the "Non-MAGI" population - the Disabled, Aged 65+ and Blind (DAB). 2018 Non-MAGI ...
Medicaid Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York State
WHO MAY BE HIRED AS THE PERSONAL ASSISTANT? Changes effective APRIL 1, 2016 An adult who is not "legally responsible" for a Medicaid consumer's care and support may be a CDPAP assistant for that consumer. In particular, this means that a parent of...
Medicaid Personal Care or Home Attendant Services
The Medicaid program in New York State covers a type of home care services called Personal Care services (aka PCS or "home attendant"). Covered in this article: * Law and regulations 1. What are Personal Care Services? 2. Eligibility 3. Scope of Tasks 4. How does one Obtain Personal Care...
Step-by-step guide to enrolling in a pooled income trust for Medicaid spend-down
This article is intended as a condensed road-map for using a pooled income trust to eliminate the Medicaid spend-down. This article contemplates that the individual is applying for Medicaid in order to obtain home care services. The sequence of events will be different if that is not the case. I...
Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) in New York
Funded by the State Medicaid program, Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) help eligible individuals meet some or all of their cost-sharing obligations under Medicare. See N.Y. Soc. Serv. L. § 367-a(3)(a), (b), and (d). There are three separate MSP programs, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)...
Managed Long Term Care
State Complaint Number for MLTC Problems - 1-866-712-7197 e-mail mltctac@health.ny.gov and put "COMPLAINT" in subject line For enrollment complaints - call NY Medicaid Choice - 1-855-886-0570 (Advocates line) 1-888-401-6582 (Consumers line) Managed Long Term Care (MLTC)...
Medicaid Spend-Down
Because Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor, one must have income and assets below a certain limit to be eligible. For a single elderly or disabled person in New York State in 2017, these limits are $825/mo. of income and $14,850 in total assets. (The income limits for people...
Medicaid Dental Benefit in NYS
Under Medicaid, dental benefits exist, but the coverage is limited. This limited coverage makes it important for advocates to understand the exceptions to different coverage limitations. By understanding the nuances of the benefit, advocates can help get their clients the coverage they need. NEWS...
List of Pooled SNTs in New York State
This is an unofficial list of non-profit organizations in New York State that offer pooled Supplemental Needs Trusts (or similar services) to people with disabilities. We do not claim that this is an exhaustive list; there may be other pooled trusts in the state of which we are unaware. In...
Medicaid Assisted Living Programs (ALP) in NYS
INTRODUCTION The Assisted Living Program provides supportive housing and home care services to individuals who are medically eligible for placement in a nursing facility but, whose needs can be met in a less restrictive and lower cost residential setting. he operator of the assisted living...
Medicaid for Immigrants who are Not Permanent Residents (Do Not have "Green Cards")-- PRUCOL and Temporary Non-Immigrant Eligibility
September 2018 ALERT - On Sept. 22, 2018, the Trump Administration proposed changes on the standards for deciding whether an immigrant who receives Medicaid or other government benefits is considered a "public charge" which can result in denial of Lawful Permanent Resident status (green card),...
Medicaid Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) Services
A Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) provides what is commonly known as “visiting nurse” services, as well as physical or occupational or speech therapy (PT/OT) in the home, "home health aide" (HHA) services, and medical supplies. The nursing visits are "part-time or intermittent " and NOT...
"FIDA (Fully-Integrated Dual Advantage)" - Managed Care Expansion for Dual Eligibles in NYC Metro Area - Delayed Until Jan. 2015
Fully Integrated Dual Advantage demonstration program has started: NYC and Nassau (Region I), with the first "voluntary" opt-i enrollment effective January 2015, and "passive enrollment" scheduled for those who do not OPT OUT on April 1, 2015. 2-27-2015 NEWS: Westchester & Suffolk...
Medicaid Reimbursement of Home Care and other Medical Expenses
Reimbursement in General Because Medicaid coverage can be retroactive up to three months, it is possible for a Medicaid applicant or his or her family member who paid the applicant's medical expenses to get reimbursed for some of the home care costs and other medical bills they incurred and paid...
Nursing Home Medicaid Coverage - Basic Financial Eligibility Rules about Income, Resources, and Spousal Protections
Medicaid rules are different for people living in the "community" than people living in institutions. For this article, the word "institution" means nursing home care. If you live in your home, someone else's home, or an Assisted Living Program, you are considered to live in the "community." ...
Family Health Care Decisions Act
New York’s Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA)(Chapter 8 of the Laws of 2010, adding Public Health Law Ch. 29-CC and 29-CCC) allows a patient’s family member or close friend to make health care decisions for a patient who is in a hospital or nursing home, if the patient lacks decisional...
Medicaid Managed Care
Law and Regulations STATE - N.Y. Soc. Servs. L. §364-j (Amended L. 2011 Ch. 59). Regulations at 18 NYCRR 360-10. FEDERAL - 42. C.F.R Part 438 (amended extensively in 2016, with changes going into effect in NYS on rolling basis, including new appeal rules starting May 1, 2018 requiring...
Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Waiver Programs in New York State
Medicaid home and community-based services [HCBS] are available through waiver programs to groups of individuals who would be eligible for Medicaid if institutionalized and, but for the services, would be institutionalized in a hospital or nursing facility. Under section 1915(c) of the Social...
Where to Apply for Medicaid and Medicaid Home Care in New York City
. Changes in how people apply for and receive Medicaid personal care services occurred in September 2012, followed by major changes for how all people under age 65 applied for Medicaid in 2014, when the NY State of Health Exchange was launched to accept Medicaid applications under the Affordable...
New Application Form (2010, updated 3/2015) Used for Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus in New York State
Since 2010, the New York State Department of Health has used a uniform 6-page application form to be used for Medicaid called the Access NY Application or form DOH-4220. Download the form at this link - scroll down to Application for Non-MAGI. As of October 2016, the form was last updated in...
Medicaid Transportation in NYS
States are required under federal regulations (42 C.F.R. §431.53) to assure necessary transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries to and from medical services. When travelling to medical appointments, a Medicaid beneficiary is expected to use the same mode of transportation as the beneficiary...
Applying for Medicaid Personal Care or CDPAP Services in New York City - 2016 Changes
Jan. 2018 UPDATE: Note that HRA office where people apply for home care who are NOT seeking MLTC because they are exempt are excluded from MLTC moved effective January 16, 2018. See this link. Where and how to apply for Medicaid personal care services and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance...
Keeping Medicaid after Cash Public Assistance or SSI Benefits Are Terminated
Scenarios: Susie is 49 years old and single, with no children. She has been receiving cash public assistance and Medicaid for three years, while she appeals the denial of Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits ("SSD" or "DIB"). She finally was approved for SSD, and will start receiving...
Tools for Choosing a Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Plan
As described in this article, most adults in NYC, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties who have Medicaid and Medicare, who are receiving Medicaid home attendant or housekeeping ("personal care") services through their local Medicaid "CASA" office, or long-term CHHA or adult day care services,...
Emergency Medicaid in New York State - Limited Medicaid Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants
September 2018 ALERT - On Sept. 22, 2018, the Trump Administration proposed changes on the standards for deciding whether an immigrant who receives Medicaid or other government benefits is considered a "public charge" which can result in denial of Lawful Permanent Resident status (green card),...


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