It’s easy to be intimidated by a Medicaid application. You have to provide much information and satisfy many strict regulations. Knowing a little more about the process – especially in the form of tips from experienced people – can really help.
Know What Benefits Are Available
Before starting the whole application process, check out Medicaid’s programs. Do any of the programs meet your needs? Will the services offered meet your individual needs?
For example, Alabama Medicaid covers many services, including:
- Dental services, but only for an applicant who receives full Medicaid. Only certain age groups may be eligible.
- Doctor Appointments. Medicaid typically pays for 14 visits each year. Will you need more than 14 visits?
- Family planning services. Some of the services are only available to men or women over age 21.
- Transportation – Ambulance. Medicaid will only pay for transportation when it is medically necessary.
Of course, this list is not complete. Medicaid offers other services with restrictions and limitations, so confirm that you can get the help you need.
Make Sure You Qualify
Talk over your financial situation with your attorney. To qualify for Medicaid, you have to be careful not to exceed income and resource limits. With careful estate and financial planning, you may be able to increase your chances of Medicaid approval.
Get the Application Right the First Time
Probably one of the best ways to have your application denied is to submit incorrect or incomplete paperwork. You will submit quite a few supporting documents, as well as the application itself. In fact, Medicaid expects to review five years of financial data.
Talk to an Experienced Medicaid Attorney
This may be the best way to get your application approved. However, an Alabama Medicaid attorney can do more than get you through the application process. Medicaid planning should begin years before you actually apply for Medicaid. It’s in your best interests to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Also, receive a free download of Medicaid Planning in Alabama: What You Need to Know by clicking here.