Medicaid Benefits for Disabled People

by Cheryl Munson ; Updated July 27, 2017
Medicaid can provide vital assistance to cover health care needs of the disabled.

The United States government, through the Department of Health and Human Services, administers and provides Medicaid benefits to those who are disabled. The federal government and states jointly fund benefits. Medicaid is designed to provide and cover costs for many medical-related needs, including physician care, hospitalization, medications, transportation, family planning and an array of testing medical equipment. Inquire about specific Medicaid coverage and eligibility, especially in regards to income qualifications, in the state where you reside if you become disabled.

Access to Federal Medicaid Coverage for the Disabled

The federal government provides access to apply to Medicaid coverage to every disabled person. Applications take into consideration your income and sources of income or support, whether you are a caretaker of a disabled child or senior citizen, and your status as a U.S.-born citizen or lawful immigrant.

Physician Services

Your doctor office visits for physician services are covered. This category of care also covers the services of a nurse practitioner or nurse-midwife.

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Laboratory Tests and X-Rays

Your Medicaid coverage provides payment for tests and x-rays that your doctor prescribes.

Inpatient Hospital Services

Services you receive if you are hospitalized are covered under Medicaid. These services include costs for the hospital room, nurses, equipment, medical appliances and an ambulance, if required.

Outpatient Hospital Services

Your Medicaid benefits cover services performed at a hospital that do not require a hospital stay, like dialysis or a minor surgical procedure. Outpatient coverage is also covered for rehabilitation services, diagnostic tests, minor surgeries, and curative and palliative care for advanced treatment on an outpatient basis.

Skilled Nursing Home Services

Medicaid covers expenses for care and services provided by an approved skilled nursing home. If required, your state and physician will provide a list of approved facilities.

Additional Services Provided by Your State

Each state sets its own participation and eligibility requirements for the following: prescription drugs, home health services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, dental care, eye glasses and vision care, mental health services, and hospice care.

Consult with your physician regarding what is covered in the state where you reside. Use the link for the National Association of State Medicaid Directors under the Resources section to review your state’s coverage and eligibility requirements.

About the Author

Cheryl Munson has been writing since 1990, with experience as a writer and creative director in the advertising industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a focus on advertising from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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