Coronavirus News for Seniors
Those of you familiar with Joseph L. Motta, LPA know that we typically focus our blogs, posts and updates on estate planning, long term care planning and special needs planning. However, we will be expanding our topics to provide expertise regarding how the coronavirus may be effecting the estate planning, long term care needs and in this case, medicare and medicaid coverages. If you have any questions about how this pandemic could be effecting you in these areas, please do not hesitate to reach out. Let us reduce your stress by providing you with answers and guidance.
Coronavirus Testing Covered by Medicare and Medicaid
With coronavirus dominating news coverage and creating alarm, it is important to know that Medicare and Medicaid will cover tests for the virus.
Health Care Provider Must Order the Coronavirus Test
The department of Health and Human Services has designated the test for the new strain of coronavirus (officially called COVID-19) an essential health benefit. This designation means that Medicare and Medicaid will cover testing of beneficiaries who are suspected of having the virus. In order to be covered, a doctor or other health care provider must order the test. All tests on or after February 4, 2020 are covered, although your provider will need to wait until after April 1, 2020, to be able to submit a claim to Medicare for the test.
Congress has also passed an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to help federal agencies respond to the outbreak. The funding will provide federal agencies with money to develop tests and treatment options as well as help local governments deal with outbreaks.
As always, to prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu, take the following precautions:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
• Stay home when you're sick
• See your doctor if you think you're ill
For Medicare’s notice about coverage for the coronavirus, click here.
Elder Law Attorney Helps with Long Term Care Planning & Medicaid Laws
At Joseph L. Motta, elder law and estate planning firm in Avon Lake, OH, we know the coronavirus pandemic has caused a substantial uncertainty and questions regarding your estate planning. We specialize in staying up-to-date on bills, provisions and other changes that could impact your estate planning. We continuously put our expertise to work to provide you with the best advice. Call 440-930-2826 to schedule a free consultation .