What home health care services does Medicaid cover?
The Medicaid joint federal-state program does pay for home health care, some residential and assisted living care, and nursing home care. Help with home-care bills may be available through Medicaid if the care recipient has a low income or limited assets. According to AARP, more than half of all Medicaid spending on long-term care goes toward home- and community-based services. To find out what is covered, search the federal government's Eldercare Locator to find your local Area Agency on Aging. These agencies have resources on home health care and are the gateway to Medicaid, if needed. You can also check the National Council on Aging's BenefitsCheckUp to learn which programs you or your loved one may qualify.
Note: Home health services available for coverage are more limited under Medicare than Medicaid, but since each state runs its Medicaid program differently, eligibility and benefits vary.
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