Planning for Life

Why Not Medicaid (MassHealth) for All?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 29, 2021

By Harry S. Margolis


When they were running for president, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren advocated providing universal health care coverage by expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. Such a single-payer system would be a great improvement over our current over-complicated system, but it would do little to expand long-term care coverage for our seniors and others with disabilities. That's because Medicare provides very limited long-term care services.

Medicaid (MassHealth in Massachusetts), on the other hand, covers nursing homes, a significant amount of home care, and some assisted living care. Making everyone automatically eligible for Medicaid would greatly expand the availability for such services, greatly ease the process of applying for benefits, and reduce the need for much elder law planning.

Let's Follow California's Lead

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Topics: MassHealth planning, Medicaid, home care, MassHealth applications

Should You Prepare a MassHealth Application Yourself? - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on March 12, 2013

Masshealth-Wellesly-Attorney-Elder-Law-SpecialistBy Harry S. Margolis

Whether you should prepare and file a MassHealth application by yourself or should hire help depends on the answers to the following questions:

  • How complicated is the financial situation?

  • Are you applying for community or nursing home benefits?

  • How much time do you have available?

  • How organized are you?

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Topics: MassHealth planning, nursing homes, MassHealth applications

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