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Applying for Medicaid in 10 Steps

  1. Understand that Medicaid is a state run program, different from Medicare, which is federal. The guidelines are different from state to state. Eligibility requirements and applications processes are different with every state.
  2. Understand that if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there’s a good chance you qualify for Medicaid
  3. Recognize there have been recent limit changes to Medicaid benefits at the federal level
  4. Contact your local human services or State Department. Different states have different names for these agencies. Contact your county building to find out the name of these services. They are the one in charge of food stamps and financial assistance.
  5. Complete a Medicaid Application in the office.
  6. Make sure to bring your birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card, proof of residence, information regarding bank accounts, and proof of insurance if you have it.
  7. Be prepared to answer questions on personal finance. Medicaid is based on your family income level.
  8. Ask office personnel if you need assistance in filling out the form.
  9. Be honest in filling out the form
  10. Contact an elder law attorney if you are planning to seek aid for nursing homes.

If you are seeking financial aid for home health care, there are new initiatives being offered in specific states including New Jersey, Florida, and Arkansas called “Cash and Counseling” that provide money directly to the beneficiaries giving them direct control over how the money is spent. More often than not, Medicaid funding goes directly to the providers and beneficiaries do not have much control in how the money is spent.

last modified 4/4/10

Last Modified April 5, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
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