Medicaid Nursing-Home-Benefits

No one goes into a nursing home because they want to live there. Most people, are placed into a nursing home only because they need more care than their spouse or family can give them. This often means that exhausted caregivers make the placement decision at the last possible minute without time to plan or learn about the Medicaid application process and the healthy spouse's right to have an adequate income to live on. Attorney Bickford and his staff help spouses and families through the difficult and emotional process of obtaining Medicaid nursing home benefits for a loved one, while legally protecting the largest amount of assets for the healthier spouse to live-on.

ASSET PROTECTION FOR THE HEALTHIER SPOUSE

Attorney Bickford focuses on retaining the largest amount of assets legally possible to allow the healthier spouse to continue to live independently and to pay for any assistance he or she may need to remain in the community.

DOCUMENTATION

Attorney Bickford and his staff compile the financial statements needed for a couple's initial financial resource assessment, "Snap Shot", and the five-year "Look Back" period. When needed they correspond directly with banks, investment advisers, accountants and any financial institutions to obtain misplaced documents.

APPLICATION, IN-PERSON INTERVIEW

When asked, Attorney Bickford will attend the in-person Medicaid application-interview with you or in your place. The law office handles all communications with the DHHS, thereby insulating the individual as much as possible from the frustrating application process.

DENIAL OF BENEFIT APPEALS

Attorney Bickford also handles benefit denials by both re-application and appeal to fair hearings.