Medicaid Patients Risk Eviction

Some residents of assisted living facilities who are covered by Medicaid are at risk of being evicted if they leave the facility for a period of time – even if they leave merely for a temporary hospitalization.

Medicaid Patients Risk Eviction

This is a significant problem that seniors should be aware of when they are planning for long-term care.

In general, Medicaid will pay nursing homes to hold a room for a Medicaid recipient who is temporarily absent due to a hospitalization. This entitles the resident to return to the first-available room.

However, most states don’t make similar “room-hold” payments to assisted living facilities. And there is no law requiring assisted living facilities to give priority to returning residents.

As a result, even if an assisted living resident leaves for only a short hospital stay, the facility could refuse to accept the resident once he or she is ready to return. The resident might end up having to find a nursing home instead.

Although the federal government has authorized state Medicaid programs to make “room-hold” payments to assisted living facilities, only a handful of states (including Georgia, Illinois, Montana, and Washington) have adopted such programs so far.

Recently, the the National Senior Citizens Law Center issued a white paper discussing this issue in more detail. The white paper is available at

Should you have any questions about your Medicaid planning to avoid eviction, contact Attorney Kristina Vickstrom at 508-757-3800.

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