Many seniors apply for assistance from Medicaid to help pay for their health care costs. In fact, over half of the senior-specific care in the state, including long-term care, in-home medical care, medical transportation services, adult day programs, and hospice care is funded by the program. Seniors in the Detroit area wondering if they qualify for financial assistance from Medicaid or who have general questions about the program should review our helpful guide shown below.
There are a number of criteria needed to qualify for assistance from Medicaid. Generally, seniors over the age of 65 or adults with a long-term disability who will need access to 30 or more days of medical treatment consecutively may qualify. Applicants will also need to show limited assets (not including your home), and a low-income to be considered.
The best way to access an application and your benefits information is to go online to the MI BRIDGES portal. Here you can set up a new account, apply for coverage, manage your coverage, renew your coverage, and check your claim status.
If you would prefer to visit an office personally, there are 10 Detroit area locations and additional 5 locations throughout Wayne county. You can find the full listing with addresses for each of the offices here. To get answers to questions about eligibility and benefits over the phone you can call the Medicaid customer help hotline at 1-800-642-3195.
Other community services, like the Detroit Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Solution, are available to help too. These services provide volunteer staff who can talk with you about Medicaid, your healthcare benefits, and provide assistance with your application. You can reach them at 1-800-803-7174 and speak with a counselor more about their services.
Medicaid recipients in the Detroit area will receive financial assistance to pay for standard medical care. This can include seniors visits to the doctor, hospital, and dentist, as well as prescriptions, x-rays and lab work. If you’re in need of long-term nursing home care, adult day services, hospice care, or transportation to and from your doctor, you may also apply for benefits to cover these needs.
All long-term and adult day care providers will need to be certified with and approved by Medicaid. Here you can find the most recent provider directory for the state of Michigan or you can simply ask the facility you’re considering if they accept Medicaid when you’re gathering information about the property.
Medicaid also funds transportation for seniors to and from medical appointments in the Detroit area. You will need to get prior approval from Medicaid for the driver, and schedule with the driving service a few days in advance to secure your transportation. Here is a helpful brochure on non-emergency medical transporation services in the state, which includes details on how to get your ride approved and who to call to schedule your transportation.
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