Medicaid is an important resource for many seniors in Texas. The program subsidizes more than half of the nursing home residents in the state and also assists retirees with paying for their home-based health care, adult day services, transportation for doctors appointments, and hospice care. If you’re curious whether or not you qualify for assistance from Medicaid, it’s helpful to know what your resource options are in the Fort Worth area.
The Medicaid program in Texas is open to seniors ages 65 and older, or adults with a long-term disability that is projected to last for a year or longer and need at least 30 consecutive days of care. In both instances, applicants will need to have limited assets and income. Your home value and care costs won’t affect your eligibility.
Log on to YourTexasBenefits.com, set up a new account, and access the application and claims information online through the portal. If you would prefer to apply in person, there are 3 Texas Health and Human Services offices in Fort Worth with staff available to help seniors with the Medicaid application process. They are located at:
2526 Jacksboro Hwy; (817) 625-2161 1501 Circle Drive, Ste. 110; (817) 321-8000 7450 John T White Rd; (817) 563-3800
If none of these offices are convenient to you, check online for an HHSC office nearby to assist you. You can find the office nearest to your location by logging onto the YourTexasBenefits office locator and entering your zip code. You may also dial from your home or mobile phone 211 or 711 if you have a speech or hearing disability, or toll-free 877-541-7905 to speak with a representative from HHSC.
Organizations in the community are also available to assist seniors with online applications, and may provide computers and volunteer staff to help walk you through the process. The Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County (AAATC), Catholic Charities, and Community Action Partners are just a few options.
The Medicaid program covers traditional medical care including visits to the doctor, hospital, and dentist as well as prescription medications, lab work and x-rays. Seniors may also qualify for adult day programs, in-home caregiver services, long-term medical care, and hospice services.
Long-term care benefits will be provided by providers with a Medicaid certification, and will be monitored by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Check with any provider you are considering for care to find out if they accept Medicaid, or check the DADS provider list.
Seniors on Medicaid in the Fort Worth area who need transportation to their doctors appointments can call 1-855-687-3255 to reach the Medical Transportation Program office to schedule a ride. The number is toll-free, and the arrangements should be made a few days in advance.
If you prefer to hire your own driver, you can also inquire about the Individual Travel Participant program. The program will reimburse you when a driver who has applied to be part of the program transports you to and from a pre-approved appointment. There is also an option to be reimbursed for your fuel to and from a doctor or pharmacy if you qualify. Call the toll-free number above for the full details on the fuel reimbursement program requirements.
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