Monday, April 21, 2014

What Can To Expect From Your Medicaid Attorney?

Medicaid laws are by and large extremely complicated and difficult to navigate. As such at some point we are all likely to need help figuring out what our rights are in terms of eligibility for Medicaid, as well as planning for the future. 

A Medicaid attorney can be particularly helpful when a person needs assistance in planning for long-term care - whether that is for yourself or for a family member. 

Even if everything is fine at the moment, the planning services for the future that a Medicaid attorney can offer are worthwhile investments. The simple fact is that Americans are living longer than ever. Unfortunately, with increased life expectancy does come increased cost.
Statistics show us that  

      Past 65, there is a 48% chance that you will need care at a skilled nursing facility.
       After 80, it goes up to 90%
       If you happen to be married and over 65, then there is a 70% chance that either you or your spouse will need care..
      2.5 years is the average stay in a nursing him. In some areas this can cost $6,500 a month.

So with all that being said, just what can you expect from your Medicaid attorney? Well there a few basic things that you are entitled too and these are detailed below.

A Review Of Your Assets – 

Getting a thorough examination of your assets to assess for Medicaid qualification is essential – in fact it is crucial. Medicaid regulations and rules mean that the gifting of assets in order to qualify for the program can actually disqualify you. Without proper guidance, an applicant can very easily do something to unknowingly disqualify themselves. 

Unfortunately, there are many people who are simply misinformed about the eligibility criteria that Medicaid uses. Such confusion is not uncommon and not surprising, due to the complicated and constant changing of the Medicaid regulations. 

It is very important to note that, regardless of what you may have heard, being destitute is not a necessity to qualify for Medicaid benefits. 

However, it is very important that you hire a attorney to examine your assets to help you in planning your estate for your Medicaid qualification.

A Thorough Explanation Of Your Options for Medicaid Qualification Estate Planning

What the above step is basically building to is the explanation and preparation of Medicaid planning strategies, plus estate plan options. All of these things should be designed to take into account your specific situation so that everything that is done is tailored exactly for your needs. 

Assistance In Completing Your Medicaid Application

Your attorney will deal with Medicaid directly on your behalf to ensure the smooth completion of the complicated application process;

As you can see, it is a complicated process, so do some research before choosing an attorney. Look for a firm that is experienced in the development and implementation of Medicaid planning techniques. Look for someone that has a proven background in such cases, because they will be handling something extremely important for your future. 

Useful Online Assistive Technology Examples

Those who have physical or cognitive issues may rely on assistive technology products. There are a variety of products and tools that can be purchased or used free of charge. Which products you use will depend upon the specific impairment, disability, or difficulty, as well as how severe it is.

Assistive Technology Online

There are a number of assistive technologies available. Some of these technologies include devices to help input data (alternate keyboards, touch screen, and sip-and-puff devices), a Braille embosser, a keyboard filter, a light signaler alert system, an on-screen keyboard, enlargers or magnifiers for the screen, and much more. In this day and age, it is possible to find a product or program that can meet the accessibility needs of an individual.

Unfortunately, the costs of assistive technology can be prohibitive to some. This can depend on the individual’s impairments, but those with learning disabilities find it particularly difficult to find assistive technology resources that are also affordable.

There are a number of assistive technology resources that can not only be found online, but should not cost the user a thing:

·         Bookshare: Those who have print-based disabilities can take full advantage of this library’s massive catalog of digital book for K-12 individuals with disabilities, as well as adults currently seeking adult education opportunities. 

·         iOS dictation: Certain iPhones include features that allow for speaking instead of typing.

·         Dragon Dictation: This tool allows an individual to turn speech into text for emails and text messages.
·         Firefox add-ons: Various add-ons are available for the Firefox browser that enables an individual to utilize text-to-speech, dictionaries, and more.

·         Gmail: A Gmail account makes it possible to use speech-to-text, a calendar to keep track of a person’s schedule, spell check, and other assistive technologies.

·         Dexteria: With Dexteria, users can improve motor skills and more through hand exercises.

·         TapTyping: This tool uses a heat map to show where a person’s most frequent errors are occurring while they type on their mobile device.

·         Typ-O HD: This program works to understand how an individual tends to misspell words, and is capable of understanding even the most hard-to-comprehend typos.

·         inClass: The functionality of this app is impressive. It makes for easier note taking across a wide variety of platforms.

Finding Assistive Technology Resources

Many of the assistive technology resources that can be found on the web are designed for two purposes: To help those who experience certain learning disabilities (concentration, writing, reading, comprehension, math, etc), and to help children. Nonetheless, many of the assistive technology programs that exist can also be utilized by adults. It’s simply a matter of knowing the nature of the disabilities, and finding out if the tool in question can be used by adults as easily as it can be used by children. Even programs that were created with children in mind at least allow for the possibility that adults are going to use them as well. You can read more about government assistive technology at

Finding something to match an individual’s needs has never been easier. It’s simply a matter of knowing where to look.