Georgia Superior Court Ruling to Help Nursing Homes with Outstanding Balances of Medicaid Residents

A recurring problem for nursing home is the amount of time that it takes a resident to become eligible for Medicaid benefits. Delays in the processing of a resident’s Medicaid application may be the result of a lack of participation by a responsible family member or the inability of the resident or facility to access financial information required by the application. As a result of such delays, residents can incur outstanding nursing home balances prior to the approval of a Medicaid application. Moreover, because a Medicaid resident is required to contribute all but $50 of his or her income per month toward the cost of the home’s services, there is often no money available to pay toward an outstanding balance, which may subject residents to involuntary discharge proceedings based upon the failure to pay allowable fees.

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