Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care for those who could not otherwise afford care. There are specific “resource limits” that must be met in order to receive Medicaid. Approximately 2/3 of all nursing home residents in Montana use Medicaid. Seniors who suspect that they will need Medicaid
should contact their local Office of Public Assistance in order make an appointment with a case manager
and start the application process.

To be eligible for Medicaid in a nursing home, you must:

  • Be 65 or older, blind or disabled
  • Be a U.S. citizen and have a Social Security number
  • Be admitted under a doctor’s order
  • Meet the medical criteria needed for nursing home care
  • Meet the financial aid requirements
  • Undergo a pre-screening determination

Pre-screening appointments
Contact the Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation at 800-219-7035 or 406-443-0320 to set up
your appointment.

Application Process:
Visit any Office of Public Assistance (located in every Montana county) to fill out an application. Eligibility is determined within 45 days of the date of application.

Senior and Long Term Care Division (DPHHS)
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604