Applying for Medicaid in Michigan

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Medicaid is a joint federal and state program, which pays medical costs and long term care costs. Medicaid is administered by the states and Michigan operates on a daily basis, accepting applications and making determinations of eligibility.

To Apply for Medicaid You Will Have to:

1. Complete an application
2. Provide documentation to verify general and financial requirements

Once the state finds you eligible, you will have to go through a functional eligibility assessment if you want to receive long-term care services.

You may apply for Medicaid coverage yourself, or you may designate another person, such as a family member, a friend, or a Medicaid attorney from Family & Aging Law Center, to apply for you. If someone else applies for you, that person should be familiar with your situation, able to answer all eligibility questions, and have access to your financial records. The state may also require a face-to-face interview.

If you own a home, the state may ask you to document the current fair market value of the home and any loans for the home, such as mortgages or equity loans. The state may also ask for a current tax bill, areal estate appraisal, and copies of your mortgage.

While your home is not counted as an asset when determining your eligibility for Medicaid, how much equity you have in your home can affect whether Medicaid will pay for your long-term care services. If the value of your assets decreased within the past five years, the state may ask you to explain what happened to the assets.  In particular, the state will want to know whether you gave away any of your assets in the past five years.

Applying for Medicaid in Michigan

The best time to apply depends on your medical situation, your marital status, and the complexity of your finances. If your finances are straightforward, the state may be able to process your application faster. If you find that you need long term care, you should apply as soon as possible because it may take some time for the state to process your application and make an eligibility determination. For the most part, the date you become eligible is based on the date you apply, assuming you meet all of the eligibility requirements when you apply. The longer you wait to apply, the later your date of eligibility will be.

The Medicaid agency usually has 45 days to process your application. If the application requires a disability determination, the agency can take up to 90 days. But, it may take longer for the state to determine your eligibility if you do not provide the required documents on time. If Medicaid thinks that you are not cooperating, it can deny your application for failing to cooperate.  If this happens, you may have to start your application over again once you have your documents in hand. This will delay the date you become eligible for Medicaid even longer.

If you are eligible, you will receive a letter with your date of eligibility and the amount you must pay toward the cost of your care. This could be your spend-down liability if you are eligible as medically needy, or your share of cost if you are eligible on some other basis. Medicaid will review your eligibility status every year. During the yearly review, you may need to document your income and assets again, especially if either your income or assets have changed much in the last year. The review process is usually simpler than the original application process.  If the Medicaid agency determines that you are not eligible, you will receive a letter that explains the reason for denial. The notice will also explain how you can appeal the decision.

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For more information, we've provided a series specifically on the topic of Medicaid qualification rules. Click here to go there now. 

Contact Michigan Medicaid Attorney Nicole C. Wipp, at Family & Aging Law Center.

                         Contact us today  (248) 278-1511

  for a consultation to discuss your particular needs and concerns; obtain assistance in protecting your assets; and protect your family through Medicaid planning.

This information can be found through, an official U.S. government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

This article about the Michigan Medicaid application process, by Michigan estate planning and elder law attorney Nicole Wipp and the Family and Aging Law Center, is not legal advice. It is for informational purposes only. For legal advice on your situation, consult with a qualified elder law attorney.