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Expanding Medicaid During a Pandemic

By Holland McBurns, Managing Partner, Evergreen Elder Law

I wouldn’t have thought that Oklahoma would be the first state to vote on expanding Medicaid since the COVID-19 pandemic began. I congratulate the Oklahomans!

There are currently 38 states that had previously expanded Medicaid, with my home state of Washington having adopted and implemented the expansion in 2014.

What is Medicaid?

As many of you already know, my passion has always been to give back to my community. Since 2000 when I opened Evergreen Elder Law in Spokane, WA, one area that we have specialized in is Medicaid, also known as, Apple Health coverage. Medicaid provides coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. It provides preventive care and numerous other health care services like treatment for diabetes and cancer screening. Medicaid costs are determined by income and Washington eligibility rules. But it can be a difficult road to travel. The last thing you want to do is go broke paying for long-term care.

Medicaid Assistance in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Coeur d’Alene

This is where we come in. Evergreen Elder Law’s staff of attorneys dedicate themselves to staying up-to-date on current Medicaid issues. Did you know it can cost over $100,000 a year for assisted living? We have experience helping seniors qualify for Medicaid while preserving their assets. We employ strategies specific to you or a loved one’s situation – we can help you qualify so you don’t go through all your assets.

Medicaid will pay for in-home care, adult family home, assisted living, and skilled nursing assistance. If you are over 65 years old and qualify for Medicare, Medicaid might even be able to help you with some of the costs. Evergreen Elder Law can help you access this benefit. Learn more about your options, you never know when you might need them.

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I did some research and exploration and came upon the offices of Evergreen Elder Law. From the moment I spoke with the receptionist I felt respected, valued and regarded as an important client. I made an appointment for March 20, 2018. When I presented to their offices I spoke with someone who was sympathetic for my loss, confident that their offices could help and exuded competence. I was heartened to note that they were recognized as “Client Choice “Estate Law Office” for 2016.” And my experience with their offices made me a believer.


When my mother retired it became apparent we as a family needed help, Holland Mcburns was recommended by an acquaintance of the family. She was professional and very thorough and informative. I felt she was very up to date on the current opportunities that would best benefit my elderly mother, and make her retirement years worry free. After working with Mrs Mcburns, it was apparent that many people would benefit from her knowledge and dedication. I highly recommend her, and look forward to working with her on my estate planning.


Holland is very attentive and detail oriented. I felt well cared for, she returned calls promptly, and was always very sensitive to my needs. Holland gave me very good advice. She is very ethical and has legal services personalized to your needs.


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Nadine and Mark Huck

Holland is truly one of the most sincere and professional attorneys I have come to know and over many years in the legal field. Her work is innovative in the complex area of estate planning and she strives to know the latest legal strategies to protect and represent her clients. Holland is dedicated to satisfying her clients’ needs and does it in a kind manner. She is a wonderful communicator both with her clients and with her colleagues. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of legal services.

Leesa Van Zandt

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