There is a fairly new program called the Supportive Living Program. This is a program that “waives” the requirement of skilled nursing care normally required for medicaid. It allows low-income seniors to qualify for medicaid-paid “assisted living,” where they otherwise would not qualify because of lack of medical need (medicaid otherwise requires full-time nursing care). The senior must have income of about $900.00 per month; all but $90 of which goes to Medicaid. The “asset” levels are the same as regular medicaid ($2000.00 cash, prepaid funeral, a car etc.) It can be a great alternative for a senior who needs day-to-day help and can’t stay home alone anymore, but doesn’t need the care of a full-time nursing facility.
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