For families or individuals in the United States that have limited income and resources, health care is sometimes unattainable or even unthinkable. Through the Medicaid program, these individuals and families can receive government funded insurance. The Medicaid program does have certain requirements for eligibility and they do differ from state to state. After determining eligibility, individuals must submit an application. There are five different groups that can apply for the Medicaid program. The following are the different groups, each of which needs a separate application:
- Low income families with children
- Children only
- Pregnant women
- Emergency situations for non-citizens
- Aged or disabled
The Medicaid application form is fairly easy to access. Depending on the specific state, most application forms can be found online through a state website. The forms can also be picked up from a local Department of Family and Children government office. If working with a paper application, it is important to note that it does not necessarily have to be mailed in. Most government offices have a fax number to which the application can be sent for a quicker delivery.
While many applications can simply be submitted online and reviewed for approval, it should be noted that sometimes the approval process is not all that speedy. For some individuals, the application process could entail many visits to a local government office. During these visits, additional paperwork may be required. These different factors are influenced by the particular state in which the application is being processed. Depending on your state, the application may be sent to a state-hired contractor to assist the applicant with eligibility and the application process. On the other hand, some states complete all the necessary steps within the local government office.
In general, once a family or individual has submitted their Medicaid application form, an initial screening is conducted. During this screening process, a case worker will evaluate the application and verify that all of the information submitted is accurate. They may also have additional questions regarding the application. Again, depending on the state, the case worker may also request proof of citizenship, marriage license, etc. at this time. At the conclusion of the screening, the application will neither be approved nor denied. The case worker will either request more documentation if needed, or the application will move on in the process of receiving approval.
After the screening, the Medicaid application form will continue on through the system. Once the application has been either approved or denied, the individual or family will be notified of the status. Depending on the state, the decision could come via mail, email, or telephone call. Regardless, the status will become known to the applicant. If approved, Medicaid cards will be sent out for the individuals deemed eligible for the coverage.
It is important to note that if the application is denied, it may be resubmitted. In some states, there is special case workers set aside to look into the reason for denial of a Medicaid application. If available, these case workers can assist with correcting any errors that prevented eligibility.
Overall, the Medicaid application form program is an excellent program for individuals looking for health care assistance needed due to the applicant’s financial situation. The application process overall is not regarded as a tedious one. For any further questions regarding the application process for Medicaid, it is important to contact a local government office.