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In today's world, it is crucial to have healthcare insurance. So, it can be concerning if your application status is still “Medicaid Pending.” Medicaid Pending status means that your application or your parent’s application has not yet been approved or denied. Essentially, your application is in limbo. Here is why this status is important:
To avoid mounting medical bills, it is vital that you keep an eye on a senior patient’s application. There are some long-term care facilities that accept Medicaid pending patients. However, the patient or their family may pay a share of the cost of the services in the interim.
A Medicaid application usually takes between 45 and 90 days to process. According to the state where you live, a Medicaid application may take longer or shorter than this estimate. In addition, the time it takes for you to gather the required documents may delay your application.
Applicants and families should keep in mind that most states require proof of the following documents in order to file for Medicaid:
If your application is denied, patients and families can file an appeal or begin the application again depending on the reason for the denial. If your application is denied because one of the above documents was not included in the original application, you must restart the application from scratch. In cases where you were denied coverage for a substantive issue, you have a right to appeal.
The Appeal Process
The Medicaid appeal process follows these steps:
Information about Medicaid is available online at medicaid.gov. Visit this website If you want to learn more about the process of applying for coverage or eligibility. For additional guidance, contact a qualified elder law attorney in your area, as the rules can vary from state to state.