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Medical & Medicaid Advocacy

Medicaid | Medical | Health Care Proxy | Appointing an Agency | Medical Directives | Living Wills

Medicaid: The Law Offices of Karen H. Weber also prepares and submits the Medicaid application to the appropriate long-term care unit of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (“SRS”) or the Missouri Family Support Division (“FSD”). The Medicaid regulations vary significantly from state to state, and Ms. Weber is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. At the client’s request, the firm handles all communications with the SRS or FSD, thereby removing the individual as much as possible from the tedious and sometimes frustrating application process. Often, the State’s goal is to limit the amount of benefits paid, and the firm advocates for its clients, assisting them with the Medicaid qualification process, including “division of assets.” In addition, the firm represents clients in connection with Medicaid appeals and applicable Court appeals.

Medical: Another important aspect of planning for your future is in the area of health care. What would happen if you became too sick to make sound medical decisions for yourself? Medical advancements have extended the choices to consider when planning for the future so assistance in this area is essential. In the event you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself, you have choices you can make now to ensure your medical treatment will progress per your personal wishes. Your choices include such things as:

The Health Care Proxy
If you for any reason become incapacitated for health reasons, your Health Care Proxy will have the authority to relay your wishes concerning your medical treatment. A health care proxy is similar to a power of attorney in that they make health care decisions rather than financial decisions. Your wishes should be set up in a document as a guideline for your health care proxy to be able to act knowledgeably on your wishes. A health care proxy is especially important to have if an individual and family members may disagree about your treatment. Should your health improve, you could regain control of your medical and health care decisions and the proxy will have no effect.

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Appointing an Agency
Your agent will have the authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make such decisions for yourself. Your agent should be a family member or friend that you trust to follow instructions. You should talk to the person you would like to name as agent about your wishes concerning medical decisions — especially life-sustaining treatment. Once the health care proxy has been drawn; you, your agent and your physician will receive copies. Weber Law Offices can assist you in creating a health care proxy to fit your wishes.

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Medical Directives
A medical directive provides your agent with instructions on the type of care you would prefer. A medical directive can be included in the health care proxy or it can be a separate document. It may contain directions to refuse or remove life support in the event you are in a coma or a vegetative state. It may also provide instructions to use all efforts to keep you alive, no matter what the circumstances.

Living Wills
Living wills give instructions regarding treatment in the event you become terminally ill or are in a persistent vegetative state and are unable to communicate your own instructions. The living will states under what conditions life-sustaining treatment should be terminated. Like a health care proxy, a living will takes effect only upon a person's incapacity. Also, a living will can always be changed at a later date if you wish to do so. A living will simply dictates the withdrawal of life support in instances of terminal illness, coma or a vegetative state.

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