Washington Medicaid

Washington Medicaid: Find Out About Medicaid in Washington

If you are uninsured and cannot afford your medical expenses, you may be eligible for Medicaid coverage. Washington Medicaid is a federal and state program administered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. There are a variety of programs available for groups who qualify. Eligibility requirements vary from group to group.

Children are a commonly covered group. Some children will qualify for Medicaid if their family meets certain income requirements. Other children who do not qualify for Medicaid but still need health coverage may be eligible for the CHIP or Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP is a program for kids who are not eligible for Medicaid but cannot get other health insurance. There is a small monthly premium for this program.

Low-income families who meet income requirements may also qualify for Washington Medicaid. If they don’t, they can try to qualify for the Basic Health program. This program is available for families who do not qualify for Medicaid, do not have any other health insurance but who do meet certain income limits as designated by the program. Family Medical is a special program for families with children who need coverage. There are also programs for aliens to this country who need emergency medical care.

Pregnant women are a common group who can often qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid will cover all medical expenses during the pregnancy and for a designated postpartum period. It also covers the newborn until coverage is obtained separately for them. There is also a blind and disabled Medicaid program for individuals who are aged, blind or disabled. Like with all the Washington Medicaid programs, there are a variety of requirements that must be met. If you end up qualifying for a program that requires monthly premiums to be paid, the Medicare Savings Programs can help you save for those premiums.

For more information about Washington Medicaid and related programs or to request an application, contact your local Department of Social Services. They will assign you a caseworker who can help you with the application process and explain eligibility and coverage in detail.

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