Washington

Long-term care assistance (COPES, nursing homes, in home care)

Legal Information

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about long-term care assistance in Washington state.

  • Questions and Answers on Medicaid for Nursing Home Residents

    5170EN - Medicaid is a government program that pays for medical services including nursing home care. It is administered by DSHS -- the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. To receive Medicaid payment for nursing home care, you must meet the financial eligibility requirements described in this publication. Also, you must need the care provided in a nursing home. Read More

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    Columbia Legal Services
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  • Estate Recovery for Medical Services Paid for by the State

    5172EN - The state has many programs that pay for medical services. The Medicaid program is one example. Under some of these programs and with important limitations, the estate recovery law allows the state to recover (to be paid back) the cost of the services it pays for. Read More

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    Columbia Legal Services
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  • Questions and Answers on the COPES Program

    5102EN - COPES is a program that pays for personal care and other services for people in their own homes. COPES also pays for care in adult family homes, adult residential care facilities, and assisted living facilities. It is designed to help people who, without COPES, would need to be in nursing homes. Read More

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    Columbia Legal Services
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  • The Medically Needy "Spenddown" Program: Medicaid for Adults 65 and Older or Disabled Who Don't Get SSI

    5104EN - The Medically-Needy (MN) program helps pay medical expenses for certain people who are 65 or older, and for certain younger disabled people. It is a program for people who do not get Medicaid coverage that comes with a cash grant from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), General Assistance, or another public assistance program. Read More

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    Columbia Legal Services
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  • Understanding Your CARE Tool Assessment

    5420EN - This publication explains how to read the Comprehensive Assessment Reporting Evaluation (CARE) document called Assessment Details. If you have not had an assessment yet this booklet will give you an idea about what to expect. During your assessment a case manager asks you questions about the help you need. That information is used to determine what services you can receive. This includes personal care hours and nursing services. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • What Are My Rights? Dealing with DSHS

    7900EN - This publication lists services available by DSHS and your rights when dealing with this state agency. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • National Senior Citizens Law Center Web Site

    This site provides information about Medicaid, nursing homes and other programs. Read More

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    National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Senior Services Web Site

    Senior Services can provide information and assistance to seniors on many issues. Read More

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    Senior Services
  • DSHS Help for People with Disabilities: Necessary Supplemental Accommodations

    7151EN - If you get DSHS benefits, such as TANF, SFA, Disability Lifeline, Medicaid, or food assistance, DSHS must accommodate your disabilities. This means that DSHS must try to make their services and benefits available to you to the same extent that they are available to people without a disability. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Exception to Rule (ETR) DSHS Programs

    7101EN - The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is able to give you some types of benefits even if you don't meet all of the requirements. This is called an "exception to a rule" or "ETR". DSHS considers ETR requests on a case-by-case basis and approves requests only in limited circumstances. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • How To Fight an Overpayment of Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance or Food Stamps

    7104EN - An overpayment happens when you get benefits you are not eligible for according to Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) rules. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • How to Present an Equitable Estoppel Defense at a DSHS Hearing

    7912EN - If you get an overpayment notice from DSHS saying that you owe them money or food stamps because they gave you benefits they should not have, and the overpayment was through no fault of yours, you should ask for a fair hearing, also called an administrative hearing. You have a legal defense against the overpayment. You must ask for the fair hearing within 90 days of the date of the overpayment notice. The notice may say the overpayment was unintentionally caused, rather than say it was administrative error. It will also say you have to repay it. It will not tell you that there is a legal defense against it. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • Representing Yourself at an Administrative Hearing

    7910EN - If you do not agree with any decision, either verbal or written, made by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), you have the right to appeal that decision by asking for an administrative hearing. This publication tells you about 1) the deadline to request a hearing, 2) how to make the request, 3) how to prepare for your hearing, and 4) what to expect at your hearing and afterward. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • How to Petition for Superior Court Review

    7917EN - If you disagree with the final fair hearing decision, you may appeal your case to a state Superior Court. The appeal is called a "Petition for Judicial Review of an Administrative Decision." Your appeal can be filed in either the Superior Court of the county where you live or in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Protecting Elders and Vulnerable Adults from Abuse and Neglect

    9920EN - The law protects frail elders and vulnerable adults. This publication discusses different types of abuse that these individuals are protected from under the law. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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