Understanding the Differences Between Medicaid and Medicare Assisted Living

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Medicare Assisted Living vs. Medicaid Assisted Living

Navigating the world of assisted living can be complex, especially when it comes to understanding the differences between Medicaid and Medicare assisted living. At The Veranda Assisted Living in Staten Island, New York, we frequently encounter questions about these two programs. Here’s a breakdown to help clarify the distinctions and explain how The Veranda can assist you in transitioning from Medicare to Medicaid for your assisted living needs.

What is Medicare Assisted Living?

Many people search for Medicare assisted living only to discover that Medicare does not actually cover the cost of assisted living. Medicare is a federal program primarily designed to cover medical expenses for individuals aged 65 and older or those with specific disabilities. It includes hospital insurance (Part A), medical insurance (Part B), and prescription drug coverage (Part D). However, it does not cover long-term care services, such as assisted living, custodial care, or personal care in a facility.

What is Medicaid Assisted Living?

Unlike Medicare, Medicaid assisted living provides coverage for long-term care services, including assisted living facilities. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Each state has different eligibility requirements and benefits, but for many seniors, Medicaid is a crucial resource for covering the costs of assisted living.

Transitioning from Medicare to Medicaid

For those currently receiving Medicare, transitioning to Medicaid to cover assisted living costs can seem daunting. However, many Medicare recipients qualify for Medicaid due to income and asset limits. At The Veranda Assisted Living, our expert team is here to help guide you through this process.

By accepting Medicaid, The Veranda allows residents to join our community with little to no out-of-pocket expenses or down payments. This can significantly ease the financial burden on seniors and their families.

How The Veranda Can Help

Our knowledgeable staff at The Veranda is dedicated to helping you understand your options and navigate the transition from Medicare to Medicaid. We can assist you with the application process, ensuring that you meet the eligibility requirements and take full advantage of the benefits available to you.

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If you need personalized assistance or would like to schedule a tour of our facility, please contact us here. We are committed to providing the support you need to make an informed decision about your long-term care.


Understanding the differences between Medicaid and Medicare assisted living is essential for making informed decisions about your future care. The Veranda Assisted Living in Staten Island is here to help you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth transition to the coverage that best suits your needs. Reach out to us today to learn more and start your journey towards a worry-free living experience.

Get Started

Ready to get started? The next step is to contact The Veranda Assisted Living. We will then help you and walk through the process to help you get covered under medicaid and ensure you have little to no expense out of pocket at The Veranda.

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