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Can a Family Supplement a Medicaid Recipient's Care in a Nursing Home?

  • June 17th, 2016
Q
If person has been approved for Medicaid in a long-term care facility, is the family able to supplement the resident's care by paying the difference between the cost of a private and semi-private room and paying for private caregivers to adjunct the care given at the facility? If the answers to those questions are "yes," is there a monthly or annual cap on how much the family can pay?
A

The answer to your questions depends on the state. In Massachusetts, for example, the family may not pay a supplement to get a private room for a Medicaid beneficiary resident. However, the family can pay for additional private care, and there is no limit on the amount the family may spend. To find out the law in your state, contact an elder law attorney near you.  

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Last Modified: 06/17/2016

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