Long Term Care

 


Long term care (LTC) services are available for Medicaid members to help them maintain a good quality of life in settings such as their home or, if needed, in a facility. Services are intended to help people reach the highest degree of independence possible. Additional information specific to long term care services can be found on the IME informational booklet, "Your Guide to Medicaid".

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LIST OF LONG TERM CARE SERVICES:

A. Home and Community Based Services 
Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) are Medicaid programs that give you more choices about how and where you receive services and are for people with disabilities and older Iowans who need supports to live in their home and community instead of  in an institution. There are several programs that provide HCBS supports.

To be eligible for HCBS you must be:

  1. eligible for Medicaid
  2. need a certain level of care
  3. meet the specific requirements of the HCBS waiver for which you are applying

B. Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provide 24-hour active treatment and services for persons with intellectual disabilities and other related conditions.

C. Residential Care Facilities
Residential Care Facilities (RCF) provide organized continuous 24-hour care and services for persons who need supports other than nursing care.

D. Nursing Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities
Nursing facilities provide 24-hour care for individuals who need nursing or skilled nursing care. Medicaid helps with the cost of care in nursing facilities, but you must be medically and financially eligible for care in a nursing facility.

  • "Who is eligible?" 
    Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain groups of people based on income levels. In addition to meeting certain income levels, you need to be in eligibility groups before you can be considered for Medicaid. 

  • How do you apply? 
    Use the Nursing Facility Medicaid Packet.  

  • "Nursing Home Compare"
    This is a web-based portal administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that provides detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country and allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. Use this information along with other information that you gather about nursing home facilities to help you make choices for you and your family. Nursing Home Compare is run by Medicare.