Medical Assistance (Medicaid)

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This program helps families or individuals with medical bills such as doctor bills, prescription drugs, hospital charges, and nursing home care.

Persons who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work First Family Assistance, or State/County Special Assistance (SA) also receive Medicaid. SSI recipients do not have to apply at the county department of social services to get Medicaid.

Other persons can also get Medicaid. There are several different types of Medicaid. All have income limits and some have resource limits. Your caseworker will explain these to you.

People who are:

  • Aged adults (65 and older)
  • Disabled or blind persons
  • Persons who receive Medicare may qualify for Medicare Aid (M-QB). Individuals with income up to 100% of the poverty level can receive payment of Medicare premiums, co-payments, and deductibles. Individuals can receive payment of the Part B Medicare premium only if their income is between 100% and 120% of the poverty level.
  • Families with children through age 20. The parent can receive Medicaid if only one parent is in the home and the child is under age 19. Both parents can receive Medicaid if both are in the home but one parent is out of work or has an illness or injury.
  • Children through age 20 who live with both parents or other adults.
  • Individuals through age 20 who live apart from their parents or other adults.
  • Children under age one year whose parents' income is equal to or less than 185% of the poverty level. This limit is higher than for older children. There is no resource limit.
  • Children from ages one through five years whose parents' income is equal to or less than 133% of the poverty level. This level is higher than for children ages six and older. There is no resource limit.
  • Children from ages 6 through 18 years whose parents' income is equal to or less than 100% of the poverty level. There is no resource limit.
  • Pregnant women with or without other children. The income limit is 185% of the poverty level. There is no resource limit.
  • Family Planning Waiver Services to women ages 19 through 55 years and men ages 19 through 60 years with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Individuals must be found ineligible for all other Medicaid programs and Medicare. There is no resource limit.

may be eligible to receive Medicaid.

Persons who are eligible will receive a Medicaid card each month. Medicaid can also cover medical bills from the three months before the month you apply.