State Medicaid Plans
Consultation with the right Medicaid lawyer may save you a significant amount of financial resources and time when applying for Medicaid or when faced with the costs of long term care either now or in the near future.
Medicaid is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.
Medicaid is a federal-state partnership, with state laws, state regulations, federally approved state waivers, and approved “state plans” all creating significant variations from state to state. Listed below are selected links to information about existing Medicaid plans and reform proposals within individual states. It is hoped they will be of general use:
- to residents seeking basic information about their individual state.
- to policymakers and researchers interested in comparing activities in one state to those in another.
Many groups of people are covered by Medicaid. Even within these groups, though, certain requirements must be met. These may include your age, whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; your income and resources (like bank accounts, real property, or other items that can be sold for cash); and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted immigrant. The rules for counting your income and resources vary from state to state and from group to group. There are special rules for those who live in nursing homes and for disabled children living at home.
Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance) is a joint Federal and state program that helps pay medical costs for certain people and families who have limited income and resources.
Medicaid will pay participating doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, or other providers for your care. Each state decides what counts as income and resources, who is eligible, what services are covered, and the cost for services. States also can decide how to run their program as long as they follow the Federal guidelines.
As a result, there are 56 different Medicaid programs—one for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. In general, you should apply for Medicaid in the state where you live if you have limited income and resources.
The rules for counting your income and resources vary by state. Resources include money in a checking or savings account, stocks, and bonds. There are also special rules for those who live in nursing homes and for disabled children living at home.If you apply and are approved for Medicaid, you will get an approval letter, and you also may get a card to use when you get health care services.
State Medicaid Plans | State Medicaid Eligibility | State Medicaid Applications
State Medicaid Eligibility