How do I Receive Medicaid Insurance Benefits?

If a person receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they may be able to get 

health insurance benefits under Medicaid as well. Medicaid is funded by state and federal governments and provides coverage for low-income individuals and families. If a person is blind, aged, disabled, or a child, they probably qualify for Medicaid.

The Application Process for Medicaid 

Since Medicaid is partially controlled by states, each one can determine separate rules for being eligible. 32 states and Washington D.C. recognize a person's eligibility for Medicaid if they are eligible to receive SSI. The application is the same and the start date is the same for both programs in these states. 

Some states recognize that the requirements are the same, but require that separate paperwork be filed. Those states are:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Northern Mariana Islands

States that have separate rules and separate applications include:

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia

If your state is not on one of these lists, then it is one of the 32 that provides Medicaid coverage to SSI recipients. Recipients living in these states may wonder whether their Medicaid coverage will continue if they go back to work and no longer receive SSI benefits. People can start these programs at the same time, but they don't necessarily end at the same time. You can go back to work and still be covered by Medicaid. 

How do I Qualify for Medicaid?

To qualify for Medicaid, SSI recipients must:

  • Have been eligible for SSI payments for one month.
  • Still be disabled.
  • Meet other requirements, such as the resources test.
  • Have insufficient income to replace the total amount of their benefits.
  • Need Medicaid in order to work.

Health care is essential if you are disabled and out of work. Insurance programs such as Medicaid are available to those who qualify. If you are having trouble getting SSI benefits or Medicaid coverage, call a knowledgable disability attorney to help your case or appeal while you work on getting better. 

Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.

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