Medicaid is a program designed to help older adults, children, pregnant women and disabled individuals afford quality medical care in spite of a lack of income or ability to buy medical insurance. Medicaid eligibility in Florida is determined by one of two bodies, the Department of Children and Families or the Social Security Administration. If you feel that you may qualify for Medicaid, working with a Sarasota Medicaid lawyer can help ensure you apply properly for this medical assistance.
Medicaid Eligibility from the DCF
The Department of Children and families (DCF) handles Medicaid eligibility for parents and those who care for children, children, pregnant women, former foster care individuals and non-citizens with medical emergencies. They may also help disabled or aged individuals if they do not already receive Supplemental Security Income.
Eligibility is based primarily on income. In general, families may qualify for Medicaid if they have income less than or equal to a certain percent of the federal poverty level. Those who do qualify can have their unpaid medical bills for one or more of the three months prior to gaining coverage paid by Medicaid.
While eligibility is based primarily on income, for parents or caretakers of severely disabled individuals, it is possible to get Medicaid coverage for that individual even if the family exceeds income limits. If you think your child or loved one could benefit from Medicaid coverage to cover therapies, medical equipment and other concerns due to a disability, contact a Sarasota Medicaid attorney for help.
Eligibility for Medicaid from the Social Security Administration
If you or someone you care about receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration, that individual is likely qualified for Medicaid. In these cases, the application is made through the SSA rather than the DCF.
What to Do If Your Application Is Denied
If you feel that you are eligible for Medicaid, but your application is denied, you need the help of a Sarasota Medicaid attorney. Joseph Lehn of Lehn Law, P.A., is ready to help. Serving the counties of Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte, the team at Lehn Law, P.A. takes causes, not just cases.