Utah Medicaid

Utah Medicaid Programs & Benefits Explained

Medicaid is a nationwide program that is administered not only by the federal government but also the government of each individual state. Types of assistance programs and eligibility requirements vary from state to state. Utah Medicaid is administered by the Utah Department of Health.

At your local Medicaid office, you can fill out an application and find out more about the eligibility requirements and verifications you’ll need to provide before your application can be processed. You will also be assigned a case worker who will serve as your point of contact regarding your Medicaid application and/or coverage.

There are Medicaid programs for children and Medicaid programs for adults. Children whose parents meet income requirements can qualify for one of the various programs. Medicaid for Newborns is a program for children from birth to age six whose parents meet the income requirements.

Newborn Plus is for children ages six to eighteen, which certainly are not newborns but do fall under this category. There is also a program for children between the ages of six and eighteen who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage. Other children who may qualify for Utah Medicaid are those in foster or adoptive care and children with special needs.

There are also programs for adults, including pregnant women. Pregnant women who meet the requirements can get coverage for their entire pregnancy and sixty days after. Other adults who may qualify for Medicaid are senior citizens, blind and/or otherwise disabled individuals, and individuals who require special care. There are also programs for families who cannot afford medical insurance or their medical expenses. Families must meet federal criteria for deprivation of support. This may include single parents or parents whose spouses do not work due to disability.

If you want to apply for Utah Medicaid, go to your local Medicaid office. The case worker assigned to you will answer all your questions, explain coverage details, let you know what verifications you will need to provide and teach you how to use the program if you are approved. While you are there, you can ask about other state programs such as Food Stamps if you need to.

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