Applying for Government Assistance, especially Medicaid can be very difficult and time consuming, but it really does not have to be that way. By following a few easy steps you can be on your way to receiving the results you want much quicker. Before you go on and apply for Medicaid you will first want to make sure that Medicaid is the right Government Assistance program for you. Medicaid is provided by the Government for those in need of emergency insurance and can not afford an insurance policy on their own. It is provided for those who are pregnant, those who have children under the age of five years, and for those who are elderly and the Government does not approve them for Medicare. If you are in any of these positions listed above and can not afford your own medical insurance for you or your loved ones, then Medicaid might be a great choice for you. Now that you have established if Medicaid is a good decision for you or someone in your family, the hard part begins. This is the part that no one enjoys doing, the paperwork and the visits to the local Medicaid and Government Assistance buildings. To make this experience a little, easier follow the simple steps below and be on your way to determining your approval for Medicaid.
Call and make an appointment. The truth is you can always walk in and be seen when someone is available, but if you can rule out the waiting your results will come to you much quicker. Before you decide to go down to the Medicaid office you can either call information for their direct phone number to make an appointment or you can hope onto the Internet and receive the information you need from the Government Assistance website. This website has all the information you could need for making an appointment plus important phone numbers in case you have further questions. By making an appointment all you will need to do is walk in, sign in, and wait for your appointment to begin. This is a much better idea then waiting in a long line that could take hours.
Make sure you get a list of what you need to bring to your appointment. You are never told prior to going what you will need, so you will have to do it on your own. You can either call the same office you made your appointment with and get a list of exactly what you need to bring to your appointment to make things a little easier or you can even get back onto the Internet and go to the Government Assistance website and get a list on their. They will tell you exactly what you need for your Medicaid appointment so you will minimize the returns you will have to make to the Medicaid office. Usually an individual will have to bring their drivers license plus their social security card and sometimes a lot more information than that. The thing is a copy of all of those are needed in order for them to get started on your paperwork to see if you are in fact approved for Medicaid so you do not want to take multiple trips so your paperwork can get done. Make a list, get all the needed paperwork together for your appointment, and make one, fast and easy trip.
Always follow up. After your appointment and the paperwork has been started for your case, make sure you make follow up phone calls to your case worker to make sure everything is working out ok. Your case worker has a lot of people he has to deal with so sometimes he has the information but has forgotten to let you know yet. So making follow up phone calls can be very important if you need this assistance in a timely manner. You can also go on the Internet to the Government Assistance website and check your case daily. They provide you with the status of your case so you are able to check it and make sure nothing else was needed and that things are in fact running smoothly.
When and if you are approved for Medicaid make sure you choose your doctors wisely and give your case worker your choices in a timely manner. This way you have chosen the doctors that are close to you and you feel comfortable with plus you will be able to see your doctor sooner. As soon as your choices for doctors are completed and turned in to your case worker a card will be printed for you and mailed to your address in seven to ten business days. As soon as that card makes it to you, make sure you make a copy and be on your way.
These steps are very simple, but very important when it comes to your health. A timely manner is always a better one. Good luck and remember to always find out first what needs to be done before you act on anything! This could save you time and patience!