Thursday, May 15, 2014

Facts about Medicaid Patient Eligibility

Basically, in all states, Medicaid caters to low-income families or parents and their children, pregnant women, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Varying types of coverage are available for people with different needs, and each also have their own income brackets and resource limits. Hence it is important for anyFor health care providers, it is imperative to first determine whether a particular patient is eligible for Medicaid, and by how much is he covered.

Basic Requirements
To be eligible for thisMedicaid, the a patient should: be a U.S. citizen or, if an immigrant, must show proof of eligible immigration status. ; supply proof of residency, and; The patient should also have a social security number or have applied for one.

Aged, Blind or DisabledAutomatic eligibility
These three qualifications belong to one bracket, and it’s main requirement is of course being able to prove that you are either of the three. ‘Aged’ refers to people over 65 years of age. Blind and disabled people will have to undergo medical examination before being deemed eligible.A patient is automatically eligible if he is already receiving any of the following benefits:

  • Work First Family Assistance
  • Special Assistance to the Blind
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Adult Care Home Assistance

Infants and Children
Medicaid for Infants and Children, or MIC, provides coverage for those under 19 years of age. In this case, there is no limit for resources, but the income limits are to be determined by the size of the family and the age of the child seeking coverage.

Long-Term Care
Another great thing about Medicaid is that it could also pay for long-term care such as the cost of nursing homes, and intermediate care facilities. In both these cases, the income should not exceed the cost of the long-term care being given.

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