A Variety of Funding Options

When choosing a skilled nursing facility for yourself or a loved one, cost is always one of the major deciding factors. While the benefits of a Brookdale skilled nursing center far outweigh any of the costs, it can still a stressful part of the process.

Depending on the type of care and the individual covered, you may be able pay for skilled nursing with Medicare, private insurance, long-term care insurance or personal funds. Brookdale also accepts Medicaid at some designated locations. Our team can work with you to understand and navigate the payment options available.

Because many people have questions about Medicare and Medicaid, we offer the following information, courtesy of Medicare.gov.*



What is Medicare?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, known as end-stage renal disease and sometimes called ESRD.

Medicare’s different parts help cover specific services:

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)

Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing center, hospice care, and some home health care.

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) 

Part B covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans)

This is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, most Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)

Part D adds prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. These plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage Plans may also offer prescription drug coverage that follows the same rules as Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.



What is Medicaid?

Medicaid, which is different than Medicare, is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, such as long-term care and personal care services.

How can I figure out what kind of coverage I have?

  1. Check your red, white and blue Medicare card
  2. Check all other insurance cards that you use. Call the phone number on the cards to get more information about the coverage.
  3. Check your Medicare health or drug plan enrollment.
  4. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

* This page is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for financial, legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice. Brookdale is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, any of the aforementioned programs, organizations or companies. Brookdale can provide no assurance that any information contained on this site or provided by any of the aforementioned programs, organizations or companies is accurate, complete, correct or fit for any particular purpose or person. We urge you to consult your financial, legal, tax, accounting, and/or other professional advisors for advice about what financial options are best for you.