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Medicaid: When You Can't Afford Healthcare
Who Is Covered?
What Does My State Cover?
What Is Typically Covered?
- Most necessary hospital stays
- Outpatient services provided by certain facilities
- Laboratory and x-ray fees
- Nursing home services
- Family planning
- Doctors' services
- Medical and surgical dental treatment
- Some home healthcare services
- Some home medical supplies and appliances
- Pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care from various sources, including nurse-midwife services and freestanding birth centers
- Some physical, speech, hearing, and occupational therapy
- Approved prescription drugs
- Screening and preventive services
- Some mental health services
- Hospice care
- Transportation to medical appointments
How Do I Apply?
- A birth certificate or other proof of age
- Citizenship papers or other proof of legal alien status (Benefits may extend to all children regardless of their parents' citizenship status, as well as to pregnant women and anyone needing emergency care.)
- Pay stubs and paperwork from other sources of income (eg, retirement, veterans' benefits, Social Security)
- A rent receipt or other proof of where you live (People who are homeless are also covered.)
- Other documents including bank books and insurance policies
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) http://www.cms.gov/home/medicaid.asp/
US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Healthy U http://www.healthyalberta.com/
Medicaid & CHIP program information. Medicaid.gov website. Available at: http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/Medicaid-and-CHIP-Program-Information.html. Accessed August 17, 2012.
HFS 591 healthcare and family services medical programs. Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services website. Available at: http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalPrograms/Brochures/Pages/HFS591.aspx . Accessed August 17, 2012.
Medicaid in New York State. New York State Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/health%5Fcare/medicaid/ . Accessed August 17, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 08/2012
- Update Date: 08/20/2012