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4 strategies for Medicaid planning

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2023 | Medicaid Planning

When it comes to securing Medicaid benefits in New York, a well-thought-out plan is important.

This blog outlines four strategies to help you navigate the Medicaid application process successfully and maximize your chances of approval.

1. Gather Comprehensive Documentation

The first step in creating a Medicaid plan is to gather all necessary documentation. This includes proof of identity, citizenship status, income, assets, and medical expenses. Make sure to organize your documents neatly to avoid any delays or complications during the application process. Verifying your eligibility requires clear and complete documentation.

2. Understand income and resource limits

Medicaid eligibility is often determined by income and resource limits. To create a solid Medicaid plan, you must understand these limits. Income limits vary depending on your household size, which requires an accurate calculation of your income. Similarly, be aware of the resource limits, such as the maximum value of assets allowed to possess.

3. Use spousal impoverishment rules

For married couples applying for Medicaid in New York, the state has specific rules known as spousal impoverishment rules. These rules aim to protect the financial well-being of the spouse who is not applying for Medicaid.

4. Plan ahead and be patient

Creating a Medicaid plan in New York can be a lengthy process, especially considering that Total New York Medicaid enrollment surpassed 7.7 million in 2022. Start the planning process well in advance of when you anticipate needing Medicaid benefits.

Creating a Medicaid plan in New York requires careful consideration and adherence to the state’s rules and regulations. Rushing through the application may lead to errors or omissions that could affect your eligibility.