Medicaid FAQ's Attorney Norton Shores, MIOur legal team is dedicated to answering any questions you might have during the Medicaid application process. If you have a question that can’t wait until your next appointment, check out our list of frequently asked questions.

To schedule your consultation with Medicaid attorney Douglas H. McPhail, call (231) 799-4994.

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a health benefits program funded by the state and federal government for people who have limited income or assets; and are elderly, blind, or disabled.

Does Medicaid cover nursing home costs?

Medicaid covers essential health care services. However, it’s important to understand that Medicaid may cover some (not all) of nursing home costs, which is why we recommend hiring our Norton Shores estate planning attorney to protect your assets.

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

Medicaid eligibility is based on financial need. To apply for Medicaid, you must prove that your assets and income don’t exceed limits set by the government. Our elder law attorney will know how to apply for Medicaid so you can get the financial assistance you need for nursing home care or in-home services.

How do I apply for Medicaid?

Each state (including Michigan) operates the Medicaid program locally through its social services department. This department determines Medicaid eligibility by setting limits for income and assets. Our attorney can help you fill out your Michigan Medicaid application and understand how Medicaid fits into your retirement planning.

How come I’ve never heard of Medicaid attorneys until now?

Most attorneys aren’t familiar with the most recent Medicaid laws for Michigan. As a result, these attorneys can’t offer the same level of expertise as our Norton Shores Medicaid attorney. It’s never too late (or early) to start estate planning. Our Medicaid lawyer will be able to guide you through the process of protecting your assets legally and ethically from nursing home spend-downs.

Senior services gave me different advice from you. Who’s right?

Our attorney has helped countless clients apply for Medicaid and understand their eligibility for government aid. It’s been our experience that even well-educated people who work for senior services can unintentionally spread misinformation. Laws that affect estate planning and Medicaid eligibility change every year. For the most accurate advice, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our elder law attorney.

Are your asset protection strategies legal and ethical?

Of course! The legal strategies we use to protect your assets are never hidden from your Medicaid caseworker. In fact, every transaction must be detailed on your Michigan Medicaid application. Our elder law attorney understands that asset protection must be done in a way that’s transparent to government officials and you. Our asset protection strategies are both legally-sanctioned and ethical.