If you or a loved one find yourselves needing to apply for Medicaid (also called MassHealth) coverage for a nursing home stay, or think you might have to in the future, you must be prepared for the extensive amount of information required by MassHealth. The following is a list of documentation you will be asked to provide with the MassHealth Application, and you could be asked for more:
- Copies of birth certificates, driver's license or citizenship papers. If you were born in a foreign country, these can be difficult to obtain, and obtaining copies of citizenship papers can take time.
- Copies of all health insurance cards including Medicare.
- Copies of at least 3 months of bank statements for all bank accounts, including those you share with another person, and accounts which have been closed in the last 3 years. This means checking, savings, money market, CDs, and passbook accounts. You will also need to provide an explanation of all withdrawals over $500.00 (and sometimes lower amounts). You may also be asked for records of where certain deposits came from.
- Proof of all income.
- Copies of the first page of all life-insurance policies, and a letter from the insurance company regarding the cash value of certain policies.
- Proof of value of stocks, savings bonds, mutual funds.
- Copies of annuity contracts.
- Copies of deeds, current tax bills and amounts owed on all real property that you have an interest in - whether it it your principal residence, a vacation home, or a life estate that you hold in certain property.
- Copies of the registration for each vehicle, proof of outstanding loans and the current value.
- Copies of funeral trusts, burial accounts or prepaid funerals.
- Copies of any trusts of which you are the grantor, trustee or beneficiary, and documents showing financial activity of the trust.
- Copies of proof of your at-home spouse's living expenses.
- Documentation and explanation of any transfers you made in the last 36 months of any funds or property.
- The last two years of tax returns.
- Clinical information on the applicant, which must be sent in by the facility.
After the application is filed, there will be a request for more information mailed to you which will often require further explanation of certain things like deposits for withdrawals, proof of certain transactions, and updated statements for all accounts. You will have a limited amount of time to get this additional information to MassHealth, and it must be received by MassHealth by the date indicated or it could impact your eligibility.
It's a good idea to keep your records up to date, and not discard any old passbooks from closed accounts, or bank statements. Even if you don't need assistance now, you may in the future, and it will save time if you have easy access to your records. It will also save your family time if they have to take over management of your assets at some point in the future or apply for Medicaid on your behalf.
I provide assistance in preparing and filing MassHealth Applications. Please call me to set up a consultation if you need assistance with this process, or if you think you or a loved on may need to file a MassHealth Application in the future.