Protecting Seniors’ Rights: Navigating the Challenges of Medicaid Evictions in Assisted-Living Facilities
The U.S. long-term care system has come under scrutiny due to a recent surge in the eviction of seniors from assisted-living homes, particularly affecting residents who rely on Medicaid for low-income health coverage. At The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey, we understand the importance of protecting the rights of seniors and individuals with disabilities, especially in matters related to housing and access to essential services.
As reported by The Washington Post in an article titled “Assisted-living homes are rejecting Medicaid and evicting seniors,” a striking example of the impact of these evictions is the story of Shirley Holtz, a 91-year-old woman residing in Wisconsin, who had dementia and was enrolled in hospice care. Despite her frail condition and reliance on a walker for mobility, Holtz faced eviction from the assisted-living facility she called home for four years, simply because she depended on Medicaid for coverage. Tragically, Holtz’s case was not an isolated incident. She was among 15 residents evicted from Emerald Bay Retirement Community after the facility ceased accepting payments from a state-sponsored Medicaid program.
At The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey, we recognize that the lack of federal protections for residents of assisted-living facilities poses significant challenges, leaving individuals with few options when confronted with eviction. Unlike nursing homes, which are federally protected, assisted-living facilities are not subject to the same regulations, creating a precarious situation for vulnerable seniors. This issue is further exacerbated by financial motivations; facilities often receive lower reimbursement rates from Medicaid compared to private pay rates, leading some to terminate their Medicaid contracts.
The situation underscores the urgent need for legal advocacy and support for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey is committed to championing the rights of our clients and providing expert legal representation in matters related to long-term care insurance policies.
Need Help With A Long Term Care Issue?
If you or a loved one have experienced eviction or faced challenges related to long term care insurance policies either in an assisted-living facility or at home, we encourage you to reach out to our team at The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey. We are here to help you navigate the legal process and advocate for your rights, ensuring that you receive the care and respect you deserve.
As advocates for seniors and individuals with disabilities, we are acutely aware of the profound impact that eviction from an assisted-living facility can have on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Our legal team is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation to safeguard the rights of our clients and to promote their best interests.