Georgia Medicaid is an assistance program managed by the Georgia Department of Community Health. It is designed to help low income families and individuals obtain access to health care by covering full or partial medical bills. Low-income families, pregnant women, children, senior citizens, blind and disabled Georgia residents may qualify for benefits based on their situation and income.
Low Income Medicaid
For adults and children of low-income homes, Medicaid provides access to routine medical care, hospital stays and limited dental care. In 2010, the monthly income limit for a single person in Georgia was $235, a family of two was $356, a family of three was $424, and a family of four was $500.
Right from the Start Medicaid for Pregnant Women and Infants
In an effort to ensure healthy mothers and babies, the state offers the Right from the Start Program for pregnant women and their newborns. The allowable monthly income is based on 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2010, the monthly income limit for a single mother was $1,805, a family of two was $2,429, a family of three was $3,052, and a family of four was $3,675.
Right from the Start Medicaid for Children
The Right from the Start program also provides health care for children under the age of 19. The monthly income limits are based on a calculation of 185 percent of the federal poverty level for children under six, and 100 percent for ages six through 19. In 2010, a young adult was eligible if his income was under $1,670 or if the youth was a ward of the state. The monthly income limit for a family of two was $2,247 per month, a family of three was $2,823, and a family of four was $3,400.
Applying for Medicaid
The Department of Human Services suggests that anyone needing assistance with health care apply to determine eligibility. Certain circumstances, including present and past health conditions, can change the income limit requirements on a case by case basis. To apply for Medicaid in Georgia, simply visit your local Department of Family and Children Services office.
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