Health care is an important benefit for many families. In the United States, the Medicaid program continues to go through program changes. After you made your Medicaid application, you might wonder if it was approved or denied. This is how you find out your Medicaid application status.
Medicaid is Run by Federal Government
An estimated 60 million Americans receive Medicaid. Medicaid is primarily for Americans with low income who fit certain federal mandatory eligibility criteria: children, pregnant women and seniors. In the American Federalist system, the national government runs the Medicaid program by setting up the rules and allocating the funds. Also, the disabled receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are also enrolled in Medicaid.
The states have been given control over dispensation of the Medicaid funds to the actual recipients. States can make local rules, set up the offices and websites. Each state has its own slightly different rules. Some might run a Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP), so people can have private health insurance paid by Medicaid. States can also apply for a waiver to expand coverage to other groups.
Eligibility is partially dependent upon the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The Affordable Care Act signed in 2010 has created a national Medicaid minimum eligibility level of 133% of the FPL. On January 1, 2014 Medicaid eligibility was expanded in order to make sure all Americans had health care. Retroactive eligibility is also possible “if the individual would have been eligible during the retroactive period had he or she applied then.”
State Web Sites and Phone Numbers
As the government transfers over to the new health care system, many citizens are naturally concerned about their Medicaid applications. Citizens hope that the Medicaid applications won’t be lost or sent to the wrong department. Proactively verifying the status of your Medicaid application is wise.
Each state runs a web site showing you their contact information. Just type in “application status” and you will be directed to their page displaying the contact phone number or email address. It might be called a Helpline with customer service representatives who can answer all your questions.
The best policy is to get a live customer service representative to answer your question immediately. Have all of your information ready before you call. These agencies should be able to help you with your eligibility determination – approval or denial.