How can I find out if I am eligible for Medicaid?
The federal government provides online display tools to determine if you qualify for Medicaid and other government programs. Visit GovBenefits and Benefits CheckUp and complete the online questionnaires. Following questions about where you live, your income and other circumstances, the site will provide you with additional resources, or you qualify for medical assistance. In addition, each state has social services representatives we can meet with you in person or over the phone to help determine if you are eligible for Medicaid.
How do I apply for Medicaid?
Each state has its own application process. Visit your state’s insurance website to find out how to apply for Medicaid. The website benefits.gov also has a search-for-state feature with links and phone numbers to apply for each state’s Medicaid programs. Most countries allow you to apply directly online. But for those who prefer to apply in person or by phone, resources are available to help navigate the process. Moreover, for those who need help with translation, reading or writing, the state offers representatives to assist with the Medicaid application.
Can My Kids Qualify for Medicaid?
Children qualify for Medicaid based on their needs, not the needs of their parents. Therefore, it is possible for a child to be eligible for Medicaid when their parents are. Foster children, for example, are eligible for Medicaid, as a child with someone other than their biological parent. For example, the child can stay with family members eligible for Medicaid because of the relative income and resources that have no influence on the child’s Medicaid eligibility. Many countries have sponsored state health insurance plans even when the child does not qualify for Medicaid.
Are illegal immigrants eligible for Medicaid?
Many countries only allow US citizens and illegal immigrants with permanent legal status to qualify for full Medicaid benefits. An alien who is illegal or legal in the country but has been in the United States for less than five years may not be eligible for Medicaid, depending on the state, although they may be eligible for medical emergency services. Aliens who are not US citizens but who are legal permanent US residents may qualify for full Medicaid benefits if they have lived in the US for five years. This requirement is often waived for refugees and asylum seekers.