Hospice Care and Terminal Illness

Know Your Rights

  • EarnBenefits Online

    Find if you qualify for public health benefits and find out how to apply. Content Detail

  • Have You Lost Your Nursing Home Medically Needy Medicaid?

    The Nursing Home Medically Needy Medicaid Program is ending as of July 1, 2004. If you receive Medicaid coverage under this program and your income is higher than the state will allow under the regular nursing home Medicaid program you will lose your Medicaid coverage after June 30, 2004. However, there is a way you may be able to protect your Medicaid. You may be able to set up a Medicaid Irrevocable Qualified Income Trust. (This is sometimes called a "Miller Trust.") If you put some of your Social Security and/or pension check into this special trust each month, it will not count against you for Medicaid eligibility. If you do this, you should be able to continue to pay for your care as you do now and still get Medicaid. Read More

    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • Medicare Hospice Benefits

    Hospice is a special way of caring for people who have a terminal illness. This booklet explains (1) the hospice program and who is eligible, (2) your Medicare hospice benefits, (3) how to find a hospice program, and (4) where you can get more help. The document is in PDF format. Content Detail

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Seniors and People with Disabilities: You Can Get Help with Your Medicare Costs

    This brochure tells you about special Medicaid programs that can pay some of your Medicare expenses. Read More

    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • End of Life Planning: DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDER doc

    this document attempts to clarify when you will be resuscitated or not resuscitated, even if you have it in writing that you do or don't want to be. Content Detail

    Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services
  • The Facts About Financial Powers of Attorney

    Learn what you need to know about advance directives. Read More

    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
  • Medical Debt and Seniors: How Consumer Law Can Help

    Americans are living longer, in part due to dramatic advances in medical care. One of the costs of longer life expectancies is that someone has to pay for this medical care. While access to quality medical care is essential for seniors and should be a universal right, it can leave them saddled with unmanageable medical debt. Consumer law remedies are critical in helping seniors avoid financial ruin due to overwhelming medical bills. Content Detail

    National Consumer Law Center
  • You Can Keep Your Own Home and Still Get Medicaid! doc

    That's right! You do not have to give away your home in order to be eligible for Medicaid. In fact, giving your home away could cause you to be disqualified from receiving Medicaid. Although you may keep your home for as long as you or your spouse are alive, the state may put a lien on your home so it can recover its costs from your estate unless certain exemptions apply. Content Detail

    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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