Medicaid is health insurance for low income individuals or individuals with long-term disabilities who have not been able to work long enough to be eligible for Medicare. Medicaid is administered at the state level. Therefore each state determines exactly what is covered and establishes the qualifying income/asset guidelines.
Medicare is our federal health care insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Even though Medicare has been around for fifty plus years, understanding all the nuances can be challenging. What follows is a brief overview with some links to additional resources. Please remember that Elder Law of East Tennessee is here to help you understand and maximize the benefits that are so crucial to getting appropriate, high-quality care.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a number of programs to assist veterans. But the VA can be an untapped resource for many senior citizens. There is a lack of good, accessible information about the programs and a maze of federal regulations that govern eligibility.
There are two branches of the VA to serve senior citizens (age 65 or older) who have health care needs.