Will Medicaid Pay for Medical Alert?

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Will Medicaid pay for my medical alert system?   In many States, Medicaid will pay for a medical alert system but you must have a Medicaid Waiver. You must qualify for institutional care in order to be eligible for home based services such as a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) services.   If you are deemed at high risk for hospitalization due to a medical need, you may qualify for a medical alert system medicaid ...
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Medicare, Medicaid and Medical Alert Systems

One of the questions we get all the time is: Does Medicare/Medicaid pay for my medical alert system?  The answer is generally no. For the most part, medical alert systems or personal emergency response systems are not covered by Medicare. Sometimes, charitable organizations like churches and non-profits will have senior adult ministries established that may provide some of the costs for medical alert systems.  You may also check to see if your ...
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Tennessee Medicaid Medicare Waiver for Medical Alert Systems

The Statewide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver for the state of Tennessee  is approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve 3,700 elderly and disabled individuals. This Waiver provides a community-based, cost-effective alternative to institutional nursing facility care for individuals who are eligible for level 1 nursing home care and are financially eligible. ELIGIBILITY Individuals wishing to ...
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Should Medicaid Pay For Home Medical Alert Systems?

Currently, most state Medicaid programs do not pay for home medical alert systems.  These medical alert systems are often referred to as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). In order to obtain Medicaid funding, a local Medicaid waiver is required in most municipalities. For example, the state of New York requires PERS providers to collect personal data from each subscriber of medical alert systems.  It's my opinion that unless you are ...
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Senior Population Explodes in California, Florida and Texas | Medical Alert Systems

Three states — Florida, California and Texas — would account for nearly 46% of total U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2030, according to the projections released by the Census Bureau. 13% of the total population, 37.9 million people, was 65 and older in 2007. The number of people 85 and older reached 5.5 million, or 2% of the population. States with the highest percentages of older people (65 and older) included Florida (17%), West ...
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Does Medicaid Pay for Medical Alert Systems?

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 ...
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Seniors | Loss of Income and Elder Care

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I was sitting in the office when a call came in for a medical alert unit.  Debbie, an elder care provider was very concerned about one of the seniors she cared for.  She explained the situation to me. Mrs. Smith (named changed) is 59 years old and suffered a massive stroke 6 months ago.  The only income she had coming in was $2,400 a month from her deceased husbands social security.  She could not take social security herself because she would ...
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