PAYING FOR CARE AND SERVICES
Paying for care and services can be hard. Some of the services may be covered by your insurance, but much is not. When your insurance does not cover the care you need, you need to find a way to pay for the rest of your expenses. Private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s), Long Term Care Insurance, Veterans Benefits, Older Americans Act Funding, State Office for the Aging Programs, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Social Security Disability, or other program funding are all paying sources for long term care.
Each agency listed on our website can tell you about the funding sources that can pay for the services they offer.
NY Connects Genesee Care Options can do a financial screening to find out which funding program might be right for you.
Common Payment Methods
Medicare www.medicare.gov covers ages 65 and older. This also covers those who have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for at least two years. It also may help with some long term care costs.
Medicaid www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/ is for persons with low to average income and few resources. Contact the Genesee County Department of Social Services www.co.genesee.ny.us (click on “Social Services”) for more information.
Private Health Insurance/Long Term Care Insurance
Check with your insurance company to find out what coverage you may have for long term services. Coverage can be different depending on your insurance. The Genesee County Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611 or www.co.genesee.ny.us (click on “Office for the Aging” and then “Long Term Care Insurance”) has a Long Term Care Insurance Education and Outreach Program that might be helpful to you.
Older Americans Act Funds and New York State Office for the Aging Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) fund some in-home services. These are based on cost-sharing or contribution given through the Genesee County Office for the Aging.
Private Pay (Also Known as Patient Pay or Out-Of-Pocket)
Your personal income includes employment, pensions, and Social Security. It also includes your personal savings like bank accounts, Individual Retirement Accounts, Certificates of Deposit, etc.
See the “Frequently Asked Questions” section for more information about the different kinds of places an older or disabled person can live and about community-based services.
When you just don’t know what to do or where to turn, call NY Connects Genesee Care Options/Office for the Aging at (585) 343-1611 for help.