Phoenix ALTCS (Arizona Long-Term Care System) Attorneys
Helpful Advice on the ALTCS Program and Eligibility
With advancing age, many health conditions become a daily part of the lives of elderly and disabled individuals, with many of these conditions requiring long-term care. Many of these health conditions require full-time and long-term care, either from an in home medical assistant or in a nursing home or group home. Such medical care can be incredibly expensive, and can quickly drain the assets of even the best prepared families.
At Gorman & Jones, PLC, our Phoenix ALTCS attorneys understand the fear and worry you may feel when attempting to secure care for yourself or a loved one. Fortunately, the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, provides much needed healthcare benefits to elderly, physically disabled and developmentally disabled individuals. Unfortunately, qualifying for benefits under ALTCS can be difficult for some individuals without the guidance of an experienced attorney.
Our attorneys offer helpful advice on a wide range of ALTCS issues, including:
Benefits: Individuals who are eligible for ALTCS may receive assistance paying for assisted living care, home health care, behavioral health care and a range of other medical related expenses.
Qualification requirements: To qualify for ALTCS benefits, you must be over the age of 65 or under the age of 18, hold U.S. citizenship or lawful alien residency, be an Arizona resident, have exhausted all other potential benefit sources and have a diagnosis of an eligible health condition.
Financial eligibility: To receive ALTCS benefits, an individual must have a gross monthly income of less than $2,094.00; married couples must have a gross monthly income under $4,188.00. A single individual may possess no more than $2,000.00 in assets, including bank accounts, investments and retirement account, among others. The asset qualification for married couples is much more complex and involves a Community Spouse Resource Assessment, or a review of all jointly owned assets and income.
Becoming eligible: If you or your loved one meets the medical requirements of the ALTCS program, but not the financial requirements, you may have options for gaining benefit eligibility. Creation of a Miller Trust, or Income Only Trust, may help you allocated assets and resources, and gain qualification for benefits.
Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable on all aspects of the ALTCS program and have the skills needed to help you understand your qualification for benefits. We also have the experience needed to help you explore legal strategies, including Miller trusts, to gain eligibility for these vital benefits.
To discuss your specific ALTCS concerns with an experienced lawyer, contact us online or call 623-974-5585 today.