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You might even talk to a NH you're interested in to find out if they have bed now and can help you start the application process. Basically, you're asking a NH to let him come in and pend the approval for payment. Ex, if they said he can come on April 1 into the facility, even though it might take a couple months for approval, state Medicaid would pay retroactively back to the date of the application. NH may ask family to pay the bill until approval, but should reimburse you once it kicks in.
You need guidance from the pros on this: Atty, Medicaid office, etc
From what I've gone through so far (still pending) Kentucky is harder to get approval than other states (Ohio).
Mom also has Medicare, Humana. I haven't done anything at all to change this. My attorney has not told me to change anything there yet and mom is still paying for Humana.
Your local Social Security agency should be able to help him.