There are special eligibility rules for persons who need long-term-care services at home, or who are waiting to go into a long-term-care facility.

A long-term-care facility is a type of medical institution that includes:

  • licensed nursing facilities;
  • chronic-disease and rehabilitation hospitals;
  • state hospitals and state schools specifically designated as long-term-care facilities; and
  • intermediate-care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICFs/MR).

Long-term-care services are the types of services needed if you are frequently ill and/or permanently disabled and need help, or cannot take care of yourself. These include medical and personal services. Generally, people get long-term-care services while they are in a long-term-care facility.

To be eligible for payment of long-term-care services in a long-term-care facility, you must be eligible for MassHealth Standard as a person who is:

  • aged 65 or older;
  • aged 19 through 65 and disabled according to the Social Security Administration's disability rules; or
  • under age 19;
  • meet the requirements of citizenship and identity;
  • be determined by MassHealth as medically needing long-term-care services; and
  • prove that you (and your spouse) meet certain income and asset rules.

To decide if you can get MassHealth, we look at your income and assets and, in some cases, your immigration status.


This information is provided by MassHealth.