ALTCS application is a process and can take a certain amount of time. It can be difficult at times to assertain exactly where an application is in the process and how quickly you will be approved. Here are some tips for ALTCS applicants who are working through the process so you know where you stand.
- Application – You start by applying to ALTCS. You can do this by calling the ALTCS office that is located in the county that the applicant is living in. Sometimes you may have to leave a message with ALTCS, but if you give your (or your loved one’s) information, that will be considered the start of the application. Applications typically take between 45 and 60 days to process, though they can take longer in certain rare cases.
- Financial Assessment – The first component that you will deal with is the financial assessment and disclosure. ALTCS is a Medicaid program for fixed and limited income seniors and others with disabilities who truly have a need for long term care.
- Medical Assessment – The next component of the application. This is where a medical professional is sent out from ALTCS to run a medical evaluations on the individual applying. The medical evaluation is out of 60 points and the less the patient is able to do on their own, the more points they receive. Points are also given for memory diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Choosing a Provider – There are several providers to choose from and at this part of the application (after approval), you must choose a provider. The best way to choose the appropriate provider is to find a facility of your choice and pick one of their providers that they accept. If you choose the wrong provider, you will not be able to move into the specific facility. Different facilities have contracts with different providers. This is also true of doctor’s. Ask you doctor which provider they accept.
If you have questions on any steps in the application, please give us a call and we would be more than happy to offer guidance. All of our services are free of charge to the patients and their families.