Corona Virus and Protecting our Seniors.

COVID-19 is not just another seasonal flu.  It spreads fast. It is particularly dangerous for the elderly.  An infected person is contagious before they may be aware of symptoms.  So, what should you know:

  1.  Hand washing, staying home, and staying away from groups is the most effective tool to bring this virus to its knees.  It only lives on if live hosts give it a chance to move from person to person.
  2. According to VP Pence, Medicare and Medicaid WILL COVER coronavirus testing for patients using these benefits.  Do not hesitate to request testing, it shouldn’t result in a bill.
  3. You can still access benefits application processes during this outbreak.  Many elder law attorneys, including the author of this article, are offering internet based consultations of services to assist families who need to obtain Medicaid benefits for their loved ones.  Do not give up hope and spend down the family fortune.
  4. All applications for benefits for the elderly can be accessed on line, from home, through the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.  You can accomplish most, if not all, of the work to be done to locate and secure benefits without having to stand in line at a public place.

We all hope this epidemic will pass quickly without taking too many of us with it.  But, in the meantime, modern technology gives us tools we can use to maximize the protections we can offer our seniors.

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