Seniors can apply for Medicaid in their state of residence by obtaining an application from their local Medicaid office. Or, many states now allow candidates to apply online. Medicaid applications are generally processed within 45 days after receipt or in 90 days if a disability determination is necessary.
In order to qualify for Medicaid, a single individual cannot have more than $2,000 in countable assets, and a couple cannot have more than $101,540. One example of a non-countable asset is known as a “Medicaid annuity.”
Income Eligibility Criteria A single individual, 65 years or older, must have income less than $2,382 / month. This applies to nursing home Medicaid, as well as assisted living services and in-home care in states that provide it through HCBS Waivers.
Not all people with low-incomes are eligible for Medicaid. In the 15 states that have not implemented the ACA Medicaid expansion (as of April 2020), adults over 21 are generally ineligible for Medicaid no matter how low their incomes are unless they are pregnant, caring for children, elderly, or have a disability.
Does Social Security Count as Income for Medicaid Eligibility? Most Social Security disability and retirement income does count as income for purposes of Medicaid eligibility.
In all states, Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.
Income requirements: For Medicaid coverage a single adult is capped $1,468 per month and families of four can make $3,013 per month. Single aged or disabled adults over 65 have an income cap of $836 and $1,195 for couples.
Seniors, adults with disabilities and some children with disabilities who don’t have health insurance might be able to get health coverage through the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities program. When you apply, we’ll ask about your income, your age, and your disability to see if you qualify.
In 2021, a single Medicaid applicant must have income less than $2,382 per month and may keep up to $2,000 in countable assets to qualify financially. Generally, the government considers certain assets to be exempt or “non-countable” (usually up to a specific allowable amount).
SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID AND MEDICARE Many people receive both SSI and Social Security benefits. It is possible to get both Medicare and Medicaid. States pay the Medicare premiums for people who receive SSI benefits if they are also eligible for Medicaid.
So in a state in the continental U.S. that has expanded Medicaid (which includes most, but not all, states), a single adult is eligible for Medicaid in 2021 with an annual income of $17,774. Medicaid eligibility is determined based on current monthly income, so that amounts to a limit of $1,481 per month.
Medicaid only provides medical benefits. Social Security provides a direct cash payment. For both programs, your disability must substantially harm your ability to work. Both Social Security and Medicaid require that your disability be expected to last for at least 12 months.
To be considered dually eligible, persons must be enrolled in Medicare Part A, which is hospital insurance, and / or Medicare Part B, which is medical insurance. As an alternative to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), persons may opt for Medicare Part C, which is also known as Medicare Advantage.