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Well, in some states the answer is yes and in other states the answer is no. You need to check with your local states Medicaid policy.
Just recently a Florida Court Ruled in favor of Medical Alerts being Covered by the Medicaid Waiver Program -January 28, 2010
An appellate court in Florida has reaffirmed that a medical alert system must be paid for by the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities in a case of a forty-two year-old woman with spastic cerebral palsy and associated quadriplegia.
Florida Medicaid guidelines:
A personal emergency response system is limited to those recipient’s [sic] who live alone, or who are alone for significant parts of the day, and have no regular caregiver for extended periods of time, and otherwise require extensive routine supervision.
The woman who brought the case had been denied reimbursement, on the basis that she had several caretakers who could be with her approximately 18 hours per day.
I believe that in the near future more state medicaid programs will be supportive of medical alert devices because of the minimal costs as compared to having full round the clock care. Medical alert systems can be a huge help in alleviating some of the eldercare expenses and also relieve the financial burden of paying for 24/7 care. While a medical alert system alone may not be appropriate in every situation, it does work extremely well in the right situation.
With the rapidly rising costs in assisted living facilities and eldercare providers, seniors need to take a serious look at having a medical alert system installed in their home. They provide independence and peace of mind for seniors or persons with disabilities. Caregivers also find medical alert systems very useful because they are able to feel a sense of relief knowing that their parent or loved one will be safe and secure by having a trusted medical alert provider like MedFirst Alert.