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Lyft and other services could become part of Medicaid planning

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2018 | Firm News, Medicaid Planning |

For many Georgia residents, remaining in their home as they age is a top priority. With proper planning, that can be a reality for some. Medicaid planning is an important part of preparing for the future, as individuals must not exceed certain asset thresholds in order to qualify for Medicaid. When planning ahead, app-based transportation services like Uber and Lyft could also be a critical part of maintaining independence. 

Many seniors who remain in their own homes face transportation challenges. When family members are not able to transport a loved one to doctor’s appointments or help with shopping, a senior’s quality of life can go through a serious decline. Staying at home should not equate to being housebound. Yet that’s the effective outcome for many older people living on their own. 

Fortunately, services like Lyft and Uber provide a viable transportation option for many older Americans. Thanks to the hard work of elder care and disabled services advocates, Medicaid is beginning to cover these types of transportation services. That coverage is expected to increase over the years, which could translate to big improvements in the quality of life of many older individuals. 

During Medicaid planning, Georgia families should consider how app-based services can factor into their overall plan. Even if family members live nearby and are actively involved in caring for an aging relative, having the ability to quickly secure a ride using a cell phone app is certainly convenient. Having that ride covered by Medicaid is even more beneficial.