MedicaidMedicaid is a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income and needy people. It covers children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled and other people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.
To apply for Medicaid, you must go to the social services office in your city or county where you live. Call your social services office if you have questions about eligibility or how to apply. You will need to provide documentation on your financial situation, the injury, and the medical expenses related to the injury. If you are receiving Social Security Income, you will automatically become eligible for Medicaid, but benefits are not automatically paid. You still need to apply at a local social services office.
Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules "work incentives." Medicaid coverage can continue even it a recipient’s earnings along with other income become too high for a SSI cash payment.
- Navigating Medicare and Medicaid, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates
- Keeping Medicare and Medicaid When You Work, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates
- Department of Health and Human Services:Medicaid At-a-Glance