Will Medicaid Pay to Care for Family Members at Home?

 In Long-Term Care Planning, Special Needs Planning

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I would like to know what specific program of Medicaid would pay a caregiver to provide care to spouse or parents in their home and how do you qualify for this program?


This depends entirely on your state. Fortunately, more states are recognizing that it makes sense to help people live at home and to assist family caregivers who work to make that happen. So, there may be programs in your state to help pay for home care, though some are more generous than others and some have restrictions on paying family members for care.

Two types of programs that may be available in your state and are worth looking into are the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) and group adult foster care (GAFC) programs. These may be administered directly by the state or by non-profit organizations contracted with the state. So it’s good to consult with your state’s Medicaid program and with non-profit agencies that work with seniors and people with disabilities.


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  • S. Nestor

    My grandson is on Medicare in Massachusetts. His mom Was told that past collection of unemployment benefits (1990’S)DISQUALIFIES HER FROM BEING A PAID PERSONAL ASSISTANT FOR HER SON. IS THIS CORRECT?

    • Harry Margolis

      It took me a little while to find an expert who could answer your question since no one seems to have heard of what you describe. Here’s what the expert I found said: “That is completely false. However, parents of minor children cannot be paid as PCAs. The grandmother could be paid, but not the parents. Spouses are also ineligible to work as a PCA.”
      I hope this helps.

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