Will Medicare Pay for My Nursing Home Costs?
There is a distinction that we need to draw between Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare pays very little of nursing home cost. The total amount under law that is maximum is 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, but that's only if you have rehab or skilled care going on. The average amount of days in a nursing home that is covered is only about 26 that is covered under Medicare. Medicaid on the other hand is the primary payor of nursing home care cost, but it requires you to meet very low levels of income and assets. In other words you need to impoverish yourself. It's important to understand those distinctions and get the advice you need on how to qualify for Medicaid.