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Posted on: January 23, 2013

Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state governments, provides medical care and long term care to many individuals. Yet, while most people depend on Medicaid being there when it’s needed, few people understand the in’s and out’s of this program.

“Using Medicaid: Medicaid Eligibility and Other Resources” is a free, informational workshop designed to provide basic information about Medicaid, services that are covered, eligibility requirements, spend down and personal financial consequences. While the focus will be on Medicaid for older adults, the presentation will include coverage of many other health care options for all ages.

“Medicaid is an important tool,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Families should know about it, how it works, the advantages and disadvantages and the many other resources available in the community.”

The free workshop will be held three times.

  • Feb. 11 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
  • Pierce County Annex , 2401 S. 35th St, Main Conf. Room, Tacoma

  • Feb. 11 - 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Peoples Retirement Community, 1720 East 67th Street, Tacoma

  • Feb. 13 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
  • County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

    This event is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The ADRC is a starting place providing unbiased, free and easily accessible information, referral and assistance regarding disability services and long term care in Pierce County. The ADRC is available by calling (253) 798-4600 or (800) 5462-0332.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections253-798-4509skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections253-798-7384briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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