How To Apply For Medicaid
Applying for Medicaid varies from state to state. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services advises you to send a Medicaid application even if you’re not sure you qualify. A caseworker will review your situation to determine whether or not you qualify for Medicaid benefits. Your Medicaid eligibility can change from year to year, so you may want to complete a new Medicaid application each year, even if your application was previously turned down.
- Check if you’re eligible for Medicaid in your state. You can do this by visiting the healthcare.gov website or you can also call your state Medicaid office
- Prepare all necessary information needed in filling out the Medicaid application form. Below are the most important documents:
- Proof of citizenship or alien status
- Proof of age (birth certificate or driver’s license).
- Proof of all sources of income (paystubs or tax return, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veteran’s benefits, retirement accounts, and any other income)
- Proof of assets and other resources: include copies of bank statements or other financial resources
- Proof of your disability: if you think you qualify because you’re disabled, you’ll need to include documentation as specified in your Medicaid application
- Proof of residence (rent receipts or landlord statements, a copy of your mortgage, recent mail addressed to you at your current address)
- Proof of other insurance: include a copy of your red, white, and blue Medicare card (or other insurance ID card) with your Medicaid application. Remember that state applications and instructions may vary. Check your state’s Medicaid application website to see if they ask for additional documentation
- After completing the necessary documents, it’s now time to submit your Medicaid application. Sending your application also varies from state to state. While some states allow online application submissions, other states require paper applications or even personal appearance at your local Medicaid office. State Medicaid offices are required to respond to applications within 45 days (up to 90 days for disability applications).