The cost of an extended stay in a hospital or nursing home may be difficult to bear, particularly for an elderly person who has limited financial resources. Although Medicare should cover hospital and nursing home stays for up to 100 days, Medicare will often stop paying before the 100 days have elapsed in cases where patients do not show significant improvement. Private insurers are also reluctant to pay for 100 days of care. A recent settlement with Medicare provides payment for rehabilitation services to prevent a patient from declining, yet the number of days allowed is still limited.
If the Medicare benefit is exhausted and the patient is still not sufficiently recovered, an experienced attorney can assist with the application procedure for Medi-Cal. If you or a loved one requires an extended stay in a hospital or nursing facility, contact The Evans Law Firm, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-441-8669 for legal advice on how to best navigate the complex eligibility requirements and procedures of applying for Medicare, Medi-Cal or Veteran’s benefits.