If you are concerned about how you will provide for yourself and your family because you are disabled as the result of an accident or injury, you should be aware that there are many programs available to assist in providing financial as well as medical support. Medicaid is one of those programs. If you are approved for Medicaid, some or all of your medical bills will be paid by the Medicaid system, administrated by the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH).
In order to receive Medicaid coverage, you will need to apply for coverage and provide financial as well as medical documentation. These documents may include and are not limited to:
- a birth certificate.
- social security information.
- pay stubs and/or documentation of your income and SSI benefits.
- health insurance documentation.
- bank statements.
- owned property information.
In order to be approved for Medicaid, you must fall under the disability guidelines of the program.
Typically, a person is eligible for Medicaid coverage if they:
- are a child living in a low-income household.
- are a pregnant woman.
- are a senior (over age 65 in the State of Georgia).
- suffer from partial or full blindness.
- have a disability that prevents a person from working and performing routine daily activities.
The whole process can take up to 6 weeks. Expectant mothers, however, are an exception and can be covered at the time of application.
If you are disabled, you must be under the care of a physician that has deveoped an ongoing care plan for you and the doctor must state in writing that you have a physical or other disability that does not allow you to work and hampers your ability to do routine tasks. As long as the condition persists, your medical expenses can be covered under Medicaid.
A Medicaid representative can help establish a plan specifically designed to meet your ongoing physical and financial needs.