Health Care & Medication

Medicaid Spend-down/Medically Needy Program

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This program lets you get Medicaid benefits even if your income is over the Medicaid program guidelines. It lets you spend down your income so that you meet the Medicaid income limits. The spend-down amount is different for each person and is any income amount that is over the Medicaid limit.

To get Medicaid benefits, you must submit current paid or unpaid medical bills equal to or greater than your monthly spend-down amount. Once your medical bills reach this amount, you will get Medicaid coverage for the remainder of the calendar month. While using Medicaid to pay for your medical expenses, you should use a healthcare provider that participates in the Medicaid program.


How do I apply?

To apply for this program, you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. You can also apply by completing the online application.

Frequently Asked Questions

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A Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) can offer you personal, one-on-one assistance as you navigate program eligibility and look to apply. With support from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the BEC can help you apply for an enroll in all of the benefits you may be missing out on.

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Get Help from a Benefits Enrollment Center

Start Enrollment or Ask Questions

A Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) can offer you personal, one-on-one assistance as you navigate program eligibility and look to apply. With support from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the BEC can help you apply for an enroll in all of the benefits you may be missing out on.

Green Path

Toll-Free: 1-800-794-6559

Website: support@benefitscheckup.org

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