How to Apply for Medicaid
Medicaid is an assistance program funded through both the federal and state governments and managed by the individual state. A recipient of Medicaid in one state, therefore, may find a difference in qualification requirements when they move to Texas. A Conroe elder law attorney can help you determine whether you qualify for the program, and represent you if your application is denied.
Groups Covered by Medicaid
Your Conroe elder law attorney will tell you that the first thing you need to do is determine which group you belong to that is covered by Medicaid. These groups include:
- Elderly people who have relatively low levels of assets and incomes
- Low income families with children
- Children of families that are not able to pay for health insurance
- Pregnant women who have high medical debt
- Non-citizens lacking medical coverage who need emergency treatment
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families) recipients
The Application Process
You will need to provide proof of your identity and eligibility for Medicaid. This will require a driver's license or identification card, your Social Security number, and pay stubs, bank statements, as well as an assessment of your car's current value, if you own one. If you are not a citizen, you will also need to provide proof that you reside legally in the U.S.
Your next step is to determine which sub-program is most appropriate to your needs. Your Conroe elder law attorney can help you with this, as well as other aspects of the application process. You can get an application for benefits at a local Health and Human Services benefits office or online. You will need to find out what specific services are offered in your area.
You will then need birth certificates and other documentation for each person in the household who will be using the Medicaid benefits. You will be called in to an interview with your counselor, at which time you will need to bring these materials. Make sure to dress neatly for the interview. Following the interview you will need to wait for the approval letter. This may take several months.
A Conroe Elder Law Attorney Can Help
If you are trying to apply for Medicaid, or if your application has been turned down, speak with a Conroe elder law attorney. Call Peterson Law Group today at 979-703-7014 or 936-337-4681 to arrange an initial consultation.