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Ariana Botelho - Medicaid Specialist
Ariana is Connelly Law's Medicaid Specialist and originally came to our firm as an intern through the Law and Public Safety Academy at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. That program is associated with Roger Williams University in an articulation agreement with them. After her internship was completed, Ariana stayed with the firm as a legal assistant. She interned directly under Attorney Connelly to learn the legal, financial, and medical criteria for Medicaid eligibility and the steps needed for Medicaid planning.
"A Medicaid specialist has many different responsibilities," said Ariana. "When we first discuss planning with a family, they are usually surprised at the laws surrounding eligibility and the amount of documentation that must be gathered to begin the application process. There are various look-back periods and state mandates for Medicaid and every client's needs are different."
"Medicaid is a Federal program, but it's administered on a state level, with the regulations and rules that govern it varying greatly by state," Ariana continued. "At our firm, Attorney Connelly practices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut so we are familiar with the nuances of each state's Medicaid laws and programs."
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Outside of the office, Ariana is completing her Bachelor's degree in psychology this spring and is planning to move into the Master's Program, as she is planning to become a licensed clinical therapist. Although elder law and psychology appear to be two very separate fields, they are united by their goals of helping others deal with certain life circumstances. "Communicating with a client during a personal crisis is a major part of my job," stated Ariana. "Many who come to us for Medicaid planning have just experienced a family emergency such as a loved one being diagnosed with dementia or suffering a major medical issue. Being able to communicate effectively with the empathy and compassion they need during such a difficult time is extremely important."