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Medicaid: How To Maximize Use

If You Receive Home Care, Work With The Agency In Charge Of Your Care To Maximize The Services You Receive.

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After you are qualified to receive Medicaid you then must qualify for actual services.

If you receive home care, the visiting home nurse will act as liaison between you and your doctor and the system. The nurse will also take care of any supplies you need, such as wheel chairs as well as any services, such as a physical therapist. If you need some type of ambulette or ambulance service to and from a medical appointment or to and from a hospital, you call the company in charge of your home care.

The company likely also has a consulting doctor. If you can't leave your home and you need a doctor, there is generally a doctor who is under contract and who will make a house call for you.

If you don't get what you want from a home health attendant or a health aide, ask for it. Start with a pleasant but firm way. If you make several attempts to get what you want and you still don't get it, or if you're not comfortable with the person, then you have to have a person replaced. Call and tell the agency. They will replace the person with somebody else.

Don't expect a home care worker to take the initiative to take care of your house on their own. If you're not feeling up to it, ask a friend stop in and make sure that the right thing is being done.

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