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10. Get professional recertification. Once you’re eligible for Medicaid, you’ll have to go through a process of “recertification” every year, to qualify you to continue receiving benefits.
Some people who initially get Medicaid with the help of an Elder Law firm, make the mistake of attempting to recertify themselves, and end up being denied any additional benefits.
The Medicaid recertification application is a complex document, and is best prepared with professional assistance. Attempting to save an attorney’s fee by doing the work yourself is often very short-sighted, given the long-term, costly nature of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the serious implication of losing the financial support Medicaid benefits supply.
An additional important consideration is the current regulatory and economic environment. We live in a time of unprecedented changes with regard to health care, with many confusing and unclear laws, rules, and policies. If you’re not an attorney who deals with this information on a daily basis, how can you reasonably expect to keep up-to-date on these changes, which may impact your benefits?
Again, with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the best approach is the safest one. Get professional help to make sure the job is done properly, and that you and your family have the ongoing legal support you’ll need.
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