Medicaid care programs for people under 65

Medicaid Care Programs Are Not Just For The Elderly

Many people believe that attorneys that practice elder law only help the elderly population. We could not disagree more! We are ready, willing and able to assist people of all ages, who need care, determine if Medicaid care programs are a possibility.

Over the next few weeks we will highlight Medicaid care programs that provide services for disabled individuals under the age of 65 who may need care either at home or in an institutional setting. With this in mind, let’s learn more about some of these programs and how they work.

There is a Medicaid waiver program specifically for younger people with severe disabilities.

The Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP) provides home care to individuals who are Severely Physically Disabled (SPD) or who have Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This program is designed for people who need a higher level of care than other home and community-based programs can provide. ICWP applicants must be between the ages of 21 through 64 years of age. Services may even continue once they attain the age of 65 if they were approved prior to their 65thbirthday.

ICWP Medicaid recipients receive a variety of services.

These services include the following:

  • case management
  • companion services
  • counseling
  • emergency response system (ERS)
  • environmental modification
  • homemaker services
  • occupational therapy
  • personal care services
  • skilled nursing
  • specialized medical equipment and supplies

ICWP recipients also receive the underlying benefits of Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD) Medicaid.

As you would expect, there are complex rules and requirements for eligibility. The attorneys at Hurley Elder Care Law can review your situation and explain in detail how the qualifications for these programs work. If you feel that these programs may benefit you but worry that you have too many assets or income to qualify, call our office at 404-843-0121. Our attorneys can illustrate ways that you may be able to protect your assets, qualify for these programs and receive the care that you need sooner rather than later.

Next week we will  continue our series on Medicaid care programs and examine benefit programs for people who have been disabled since birth.

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