Nowadays, due to a number of issues with our health care system, it can be difficult for those who are in a lower income bracket to Afford Health Care. One option for these individuals is Medicaid, which is a service offered by each state specifically for those with low incomes. However, more than 6 out of every 10 people in poverty do not qualify for Medicaid.
Medicaid is run by different states but funded by the Federal Government. In return for meeting a number of federal regulations, the state can get partial reimbursement for their Medicaid Program. Medicaid is administered by the Center for Medicare (CMS).
One of the main consequences of each state administering their own Medicaid program is that this creates a number of differences in coverage between states. Each state must cover the same things, but are given freedom to select how to cover it. Therefore, it’s not possible to offer a definitive answer on how Medicaid works for a given state, without directly contacting the state.
Where Do I Apply?
Medicaid is run by both the state and the federal government, but the state is in charge of operations while the program is funded by the federal government. This also means that the state is in charge of taking your application and determining if you’re eligible or not. In order to apply for Medicaid, you need to obtain an application from one of these places.
Alternate locations where Medicaid applications are available, such as Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
Your local Medicaid office.
Over the phone to your local medical assistance office.
Online through your state assistance office.
Health insurance agency.