An illegal alien or temporary non-immigrant must fulfill all qualifying standards, including verification of identification, income, and state residence, to be eligible for treatment of an emergency medical condition. If you are denied Medicaid because you cannot provide evidence that you meet these requirements, then a legal advocate should be contacted.
Evidence of identity and residency may include: a passport (some are available from the Department of State); visa; green card; permanent resident card; citizenship document; school enrollment certificate; driver's license or ID card; bill, note, or other evidence of debt; property tax statement; utility bill; credit report; bank statement; employment letter; vehicle registration; marriage license; divorce decree; custody agreement; social security card; military ID card; jury duty slip; license, tag, or registration plate receipt; lease; gift receipt; store credit card statement; health insurance policy or certificate; rent check; loan payment book page; mortgage statement; deed to property; notice to vacate; letter of good standing; criminal background check results; or any other official document showing your identity and location.
In some cases, an attorney can help you prove your identity and residence by filing motions with the court or assisting you in answering questions during interviews conducted by government agencies.
It is important to provide correct information about yourself when applying for Medicaid benefits.
Emergency Medicaid offers medical coverage to uninsured people who are ineligible for Medicare owing to their citizenship or immigration status. This program covers the expenses of medical care for those who have had a medical emergency. In addition, certain services that are medically necessary treatment options are also covered under this category.
Medical care includes hospitalization, doctors' visits, prescription drugs, and other health services. Uninsured immigrants can apply for Emergency Medicaid if they meet certain requirements. These include being an American citizen or having legal residency status, being under 21 years old, having been born outside of the United States, and having lived in America for at least five years. Additional conditions require approval by the federal government.
People who are eligible for Medicaid but have not enrolled yet may do so through HealthCare.gov. Enrollment opens annually on January 1st for new applicants and October 15th for renewed beneficiaries. There is no fee for applying with proof of income or resources. People who need help filling out an application can contact their local Medicaid office or visit HealthCare.gov for information on enrollment deadlines and fees for applying online.
Those who are denied Medicaid eligibility can appeal the decision. If an applicant's case is still pending when HealthCare.gov re-opens for business in November, they will be able to continue their application online until it is determined whether they are eligible.
Non-Citizens: Emergency Medical Assistance for Non-Citizens (EMA) Non-citizens who are Medicaid eligible but not citizens may be eligible for Medicaid to cover a significant medical emergency. This involves a child's emergency labor and delivery. Childbirth is a major health concern for many women across the country, but it can be particularly dangerous if not done properly. Women should receive adequate prenatal care from a doctor who knows them well before they go into labor.
In addition, non-citizens may be eligible for other Medicaid services, such as counseling and mental health treatment. Some states also offer Medicaid coverage to non-citizens who have been granted temporary protective status by the Department of Homeland Security or who have received parole into the United States. Check with your state agency to see if you qualify.
Citizens: If you are a U.S. citizen and need emergency Medicaid, our staff will help you understand your options. We will also help you file an application if you are unable to do so on your own.
To be eligible for EMA, applicants must meet certain income requirements based on their most recent tax return or affidavit of indigency. In some cases, applicants may be required to document a lack of insurance.
In most cases, applicants must also meet residency requirements to be considered for admission into Medicaid.
An applicant must fulfill all of the regular eligibility conditions except citizenship/immigration status in order to be eligible for emergency Medicaid. It should be emphasized that the residence criterion still applies, which means that a candidate must establish a willingness to stay in North Carolina. If a person cannot remain because they were unable to find work or go back to school, for example, then they would not be able to receive emergency Medicaid.
In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, an applicant must also meet one of the following two exceptions to be granted emergency Medicaid:
1 They are a NC resident who has been declared homeless by a local authority. For example, this would include people living in shelters or transitional housing programs. Emergency Medicaid is available regardless of immigration status. To be considered homeless, a person's actual housing situation must be such that it can be concluded that they have no other place to go. For example, if a person is staying with friends or family, this would not be considered homelessness. Social service agencies that work with at-risk populations may be able to identify situations that meet this definition; contact these organizations for more information on how to become eligible.
2 They are a NC resident whose income is below certain limits and have no other way to pay for essential health services.
To be eligible for Arkansas Medicaid, you must be a resident of Arkansas, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal immigrant in need of health care or insurance help, and your financial position must be poor or very low. Poor means having income that is less than 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Very low-income means having income that is less than 50% of the FPL.
If you make more than $16,643 annually and are not a veteran or active military member, then you probably don't qualify for Medicaid. However, some families who earn more than this amount may still be able to receive assistance from certain state programs. These include: the Women's, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutritional supplements and health screenings to low-income pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants and children under the age of five; the Child Health Plus Program, which offers medical coverage to low-income uninsured children up to age 18; and Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs), which allows certain people over the age of 65 to purchase private medigap policies through their employer or the government instead of being covered by Medicare itself.
In addition, there are several tax-exempt programs that provide help to poor individuals and families.