In complying with Governor’s Order, as of March 20, 2020, our OWM physical office locations are closed; however, we are still operating remotely with full service for our clients and our referral sources. You can reach our attorneys and staff by phone or email as usual.

As we continue to navigate the new world and try to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, more people are working from home and are home from school and practicing social distancing. So what can you do when you are staying at home? We all have those items on our “to do” lists that we never have time for and one of those items is finally getting your Will, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Directive completed. You may also want an attorney to review your Will and Powers of Attorney if you already have such documents. Now is the perfect time to get those items checked off your list! OWM Law is offering free estate planning phone conferences. To schedule your phone conference, please contact our office at 610-323-2800 or you may schedule via email by contacting Melanie at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you.

O'Donnell Weiss Mattei Lawyers

Using Medicaid To Your Advantage

Medical Assistance (Medicaid) is a needs-based program created at the same time as Medicare was created. It is administered federally by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Medicaid was originally developed to provide medical assistance to mothers and babies. It has grown into an insurance program that continues to benefit needy individuals, particularly those who qualify Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

However, most monies in the Medicaid programs fund long-term care payments, primarily in nursing homes for those who meet the financial and medical requirements. Both the federal government (who provides 55 percent of the funding of this program in Pennsylvania) and the state governments are spending billions of dollars maintaining individuals in nursing homes across the country. The states administer the Medicaid programs and the eligibility rules are specific to each state, although there is an “overlay” of federal rules to consider.

A Lawyer Can Help

Medicaid is a very complicated program. Individuals who qualify for SSI have Medicaid as their medical insurance. Some individuals on Medicare might also be eligible for Medicaid (dual eligible). Some people qualify for Medicaid on a limited basis when catastrophic needs occur, such as an auto accident or a severe health crisis and no medical insurance is available. Medicaid pays for assistance at home for some qualified individuals through programs administered by the local Offices of Aging in Pennsylvania. Medicaid does not pay for care in a personal care/assisted living facility in Pennsylvania at this point. Most people are most familiar with Medicaid in a nursing home setting.

Because of all these complications, it is crucial to speak with a lawyer if you plan to utilize Medicare or Medicaid. It is especially important to consult a qualified elder law attorney if one spouse enters a facility and the other spouse requires financial protection. Even if it is a single person, there are still techniques to ensure qualification for Medicaid promptly.

Contact The Firm Today

Knowing your options can save a great deal of time and anxiety. Our elder law attorneys have significant experience with accessing the Medicaid program and understanding eligibility options. You can reach O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C.’s office by calling 610-323-2800, or by sending us an online message. One of our skilled attorneys will get back to you promptly.

Legal Talk

James C. Kovaleski, Esquire and Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esquire, CELA discuss the definition of Elder Law and the wide range of legal issues an Elder Law attorney can assist an individual with.