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Medicare Coverage for Nursing Home Stays

Medicare provides up to 100 days of skilled nursing home coverage. However, in order to qualify, you must first have a 3 night inpatient hospital stay – observation status does not count.

In addition, the patient must receive a skilled level of care in the nursing facility. In general, this means the resident must receive daily rehabilitation services.

Coverage is free for 20 days. For 2012, days 21-100 have a daily co-pay of $144.50 per day. If the resident carries a Medicare Supplement policy, then this co-pay may be covered under the policy.

A new 100 day period begins if the patient has not received skilled care for 60 consecutive days.

Medicaid Releases Updated 2012 Numbers

The Medicaid numbers for 2012 were recently updated.

For a nursing home Medicaid recipient with a spouse living in the community, the numbers are as follows:

  • Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $1,839
  • Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $2,841
  • Minimum Community Spousal Resource Allowance: $22,728
  • Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $113,640
  • Excess Shelter Standard: $552
  • Standard Utility Allowance: $599
For the nursing home resident, the numbers are:
  • Monthly Personal Needs Allowance: $40
  • Resource Allowance for an Individual: $1,500

For purposes of calculating the penalty for gifts made within five years, the number is as follws:

  • Average Private Pay Rate: $6,023

Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Co-Insurance

  • (Days 21 to 100 per benefit period): $ 144.50

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650 Westlake Center
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

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