Medicaid planning in NJ can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. There are innumerable guidelines to follow, and plodding through the application process is enough to make you throw up your hands in defeat.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
At Senior Planning Services, we simplify the Medicaid eligibility, application, and approval process to alleviate much of your stress and anxiety. We offer more than just sound advice—we implement it.
Our comprehensive services are focused on helping families receive the Medicaid benefits they deserve. We streamline the entire process, starting with an initial consultation and assessment. Then, we assist with statements and paperwork, fill out applications on your behalf, and act as a liaison with the State of New Jersey’s Medicaid eligibility department. We’ll be by your side until you receive your official approval.
Need help applying for New Jersey Medicaid? We can help! Contact Senior Planning Services today to learn more.
Medicaid is a safety net. One of its primary purposes is to fund the costs of nursing and assisted living facilities for low-income individuals, couples, and families. The average cost of assisted living in New Jersey is $5,000 per month, or $60,000 per year. If you qualify, Medicaid can help offset these costs, ensuring you receive a high level of care even if your savings can’t pay for it all.
The Medicaid program is designed to help people pay for the often staggering costs of nursing homes and other long-term care options, but there’s a caveat. You must adhere to numerous rules and regulations to receive benefits.
To qualify for Medicaid nursing homes in New Jersey, you must:
• Be a legal U.S. citizen or qualified alien
• Be a resident of New Jersey
• Meet income and asset requirements
• Be 65 years of age OR be blind or permanently disabled
A long-term care applicant’s income may not exceed certain limits. As of 2018, these limits are $2,250 per month. If your income is higher than this, Senior Planning Services can help you put money into a Qualified Income Trust (Miller Trust) so you can still qualify.
A long-term care applicant’s assets must be below a certain threshold. As of 2018, the limit is $2,000 for singles, $3,000 for couples applying together, and $2,000 for the applicant and a maximum of $123,600 for the non-applicant for couples with only spouse applying. If your assets are higher than this, Senior Planning Services can help you spend-down your assets so you can still qualify.
It should be noted that Medicaid does not allow gifts or transfer within five years prior to getting onto Medicaid. If Medicaid does locate a gift or transfer, they will impose a period of ineligibility for Medicaid coverage. The period of ineligibility is also referred to as a penalty, and it will correspond to the amount of money that was gifted or transferred. Medicaid seeks to see the last five years of an applicant’s financial transactions (there are some excludable transfers that Medicaid will allow an individual to do)
A pre-admission screening (PAS) is required to determine the applicant’s medical eligibility. A physical evaluation from a Medicaid nurse will ascertain whether you need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), such as showering, dressing, eating, and toileting.
In a word: expertise. At Senior Planning Services, this is what we do all day, every day. Our Medicaid specialists have the resources, relationships, and know-how to help our clients maximize their benefits. We don’t just guide individuals, couples, and families through the Medicaid process—we shoulder the burden to provide all the answers and alleviate all concerns during this particularly overwhelming junction of life.
For our Medicaid planning services for New Jersey residents, we:
• Offer a free Medicaid Consultation
• Assist in obtaining 60 months of bank and financial statements from financial institutions back offices.
• Assist in obtaining verifications from banks regarding checks, deposits, and cash withdrawals
• Shoulder burden to provide all verification to satisfy all Medicaid’s requests.
• Assist families in utilizing excludable resources
• Assist clients in the process of liquidating life insurance policies, annuities, and stocks etc.
• Obtain missing documentation from the Vital Statistics office, if necessary
• Update client on status on a consistent basis
• Submit application to the county Board of Social Services
• Interact with the Board of Social Services caseworker regularly
The experts at Senior Planning Services are just a phone consultation away. Let us replace your stress and anxiety with direction and clarity. Give us a call at 1-866-529-6587 or contact us online today to get started.
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