Healthcare For Elders

Medicaid for elders – people 65 and older – offered by EOHHS takes many forms including:

  • Comprehensive health coverage for services like doctors visits, prescriptions, and hospital stays
  • Help paying Medicare premiums
  • Long term services and supports (LTSS) in a nursing home, assisted living or shared living residence or at home.

We also offer many other health services and supports to elders who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Health Coverage

Eligible Elders without Medicare: Comprehensive Medicaid healthcoverage for low income elders who DO NOT have Medicare or other health insurance coverage is available through Rhody Health Partners.  

Eligible Elders with Medicare:  Medicaid health coverage is available for elders who DO HAVE Medicare and are eligible for Medicaid through the EOHHS Integrated Care Initiative (ICI).  Enrollment is voluntary and includes all the Medicaid covered services you need. Your Medicare coverage, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and, if you have one, Medicare Advantage Plan WILL NOT change if you enroll. Eligible elders have a choice of enrolling through one of the following service delivery options:

  • Rhody Health Optionsis a health plan option that provides Medicaid managed long-term services and supports.  If a person has Medicare, his/her Medicare health and prescription drug coverage  will NOT change if he/she enrolls in a health plan.
  • Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly or PACE is an integrated care option for elders who qualify for Medicaid Long Term Care and have  a 'high' or 'highest' level of care need. Individuals must be 55 years or older to enroll.

There are three eligibility pathways to Medicaid for low income, uninsured elders. Your income, resources and health needs will determine if you are eligible and what type Medicaid benefits you are eligible to receive. Once you have been determined eligible, you will receive a letter offering you choice of enrolling in a Rhody Health Care Plan or a Connect Care Choice primary care practice. Elders also receive dental care.

Medicare Premium Assistance is available for low income elder who DO HAVE Medicare coverage through the Medicare Premium Payment Program (MPPP).

The MPPP helps elders 65 and older (and adults with disabilities) pay all or some of the costs of Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles and co-payments. Medicare Part A is hospital insurance coverage and Medicare Part B is for physician services, durable medical equipment and outpatient services.

Am I Eligible for the MPPP?
A person’s income and resource determine eligibility and which type of Medicare premium assistance is available.

Medicaid LTSS Preventive Servicesare for elders enrolled in Medicaid who do not meet the criteria for full Medicaid long term services and supports. You may qualify for a limited range of “Preventive LTSS" if they meet certain clinic requirements.

Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)

Long term care services and supports are for people with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities who can not care for themselves all of the time.  Medicaid LTSS covers both medical care and non-medical living supports that assist with normal daily tasks like eating, dressing and using the bathroom. LTSS is available in a person's  home and in community settings like assisted living as well as in health facilities like nursing homes.

Eligibility for Medicaid LTSS
Medicaid LTSS is for elders that meet: (1) financial requirements related to income, resources (like cash) and assets (home ownership) and (2) clinical requirements related to health care needs. We determine the functional/clinical “level of care” need for eligibility. In addition, your resources (cash, savings, etc.) must be under $4,000.  If your monthly income is over $878, you may pay a share of the cost for your long term care.  See Long Term Services and supports for more information about the types of Medicaid LTSS available and the settings in which they are covered.

What are my LTSS service delivery options?

If you meet the clinical and financial criteria for Medicaid long-term services and supports, the following are some options you may have:

  • Managed long-term services and supports. Rhody Health Options or  PACE
  • Fee-for-service. You can get your LTSS through a fee-for-service system. Under this system, you choose agency or provider who delivers the service(s).
  • Self-direction. You and/or your family can purchase home and community-based services on your own through a self-direction service delivery system. Under this option, you will work with EOHHS staff to develop a budget for the services in your authorized plan of care. We will then connect you to an agency – a “fiscal intermediary --that will help you pay for needed services.

Am I eligible for LTSS Co-Pay Program?
Elders who do not qualify for Medicaid LTSS may be eligible for the Home and Community Care Co-Pay Program, administered by the Division of Elderly Affairs within the Department of Human Services. The Co-pay program pays a portion of the cost of personal care and adult day services. An individual must be unable to leave home without considerable assistance and must need help with personal care. The income limit is approximately $21,600 annually for an individual. There is no asset limit like there is in Medicaid LTSS program. See DEA Co-pay program for more information.

Prescription Drug Assistance

You may be able to get help paying for part of the cost of some prescription drugs. There are several programs that can help:

  • Medicare Part D Prescription Coverage – 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) or The POINT at (401) 462-4444
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance – 1-888-477-2669
  • Veterans Administration – Helps veterans pay for prescriptions. Providence VA Medical Center at (401) 273-7100.

Call The POINT at (401) 462-4444 or (401) 462-0740 TTY for information and referrals.