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Medicaid and Long-Term Planning

Posted on February 20th, 2022

When planning for your financial future or retirement, numerous issues must be considered. At the top of the list is Medicaid. Your health care and its associated costs are going to be a major factor in your long-term planning and should be thoroughly considered sooner rather than later. As the cost of health care continues to rise, it is likely to take an increasingly large bite out of retirement and long-term savings. This bite can be dealt with, however, by thorough long-term planning.

What is Medicaid?

 Medicaid refers to a federal and state-sponsored program that is designed to assist with health care costs for those with limited incomes and resources. Medicaid also offers some benefits that are not offered through Medicare, including personal and nursing home care. Although they are often confused, Medicaid differs from Medicare in that it provides benefits for those in financial need, while Medicare provides benefits for the elderly. The Medicaid program is available to all those of any age who demonstrate the need for financial assistance in paying for healthcare. As healthcare costs continue to climb, demand for Medicaid could see a corresponding ascent as well. Now may, therefore, be the ideal time to become familiar with Medicaid and the potential benefits it may offer you.

Why Factor Medicaid Into Long-Term Planning?

 Going to see a doctor is expensive, really expensive. The average cost of a healthy appointment with a physician is now $68 for 10 minutes with a physician. A  more complex program requiring 40 minutes with the physician may now run about $234 according to the Healthcare Blue Book. Even at the low end of the spectrum, a quick visit costing $68 may be unaffordable for many Americans. Medicaid is there to assist with these costs, helping to ensure that everyone can see a doctor when needed, regardless of their financial situation.

As financial plans are made, factoring in the cost of healthcare is a must. It is estimated that healthcare will account for some 40% of retirement assets.  That is a big figure, and therefore the sooner it is considered the better. The associated healthcare and related costs during retirement years need to be a part of long-term planning. A skilled and knowledgeable planner may assist you in making the right decisions for your retirement years while also providing you with the necessary Medicaid information. If you are now or will soon be in the process of long-term planning, consider speaking with a professional planner who is very knowledgeable in Medicaid and related matters.

If you want to learn more about Medicaid or to gain a greater understanding of the complexities involved, consult a planner such as Daily Mills Estate Planning. Their professionals can provide you with the needed guidance to assist you with maximizing your assets and making the most out of your retirement