If you’re one of the many seniors in Garland that rely on Medicaid, you understand it’s importance. Many older Texans use Medicaid to get services like hospital or nursing home stays, prescription drugs, outpatient services, and transportation to medical appointments. Medicaid can even help seniors pay for services like hospice care and adult day care. If you want to see if you’re eligible for benefits or learn more about Medicaid, these resources could be helpful.
Not everyone will be eligible for Medicaid benefits. If you’re 65 and older, blind, or have a disability that will require constant care for at least 30 days, then you could be eligible for benefits. Medicaid is also a low-income program so you will have to meet a certain income level and have your assets, other than your house and car, assessed. If you want to pre-screen yourself, you can go to this form and see if you meet the requirements.
If you want to apply for your benefits, the easiest way is to go to Your Texas Benefits and use their portal to fill out an online application. The website should be able to help you find out if you’re eligible, guide you through the application process, and let you manage your benefits once you receive them.
Sometimes you might have additional questions about your application or have problems with the online portal. In those cases, you can go to the nearest Health and Human Services Commission to talk with someone in person. For Garland, the nearest HHSC office is located at:
6500 NW Drive Suite #300 Mesquite, Texas (972) 681-9778
If getting to this is office is an inconvenience of you aren’t able to drive, you can still call and talk to someone about any issues you have with your application. They can also mail you an application, and you can send it back once it’s filled out. Understand that sending your application this way may take more time to get it processed.
If you need access to a computer or the internet to apply online or print off your application, you can go to any one of the Dallas Public Library branches for free Wi-Fi and computers. You will need to have a valid library card or you can get a free internet card with any valid form of ID.
There are a lot of different services that Medicaid covers and each state can vary slightly so make sure you know everything included in your benefits. Seniors can expect coverage for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, stays at nursing homes, inpatient and outpatient services, lab work, x-rays, and prescription medication. Adult day care, long-term care facilities, and home health care services could also be covered by your benefits.
Make sure no matter where you go for medical treatments or procedures they accept Medicaid or else you won’t be able to use your benefits. Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has a list of Medicaid nursing homes, and you can use the search engine at Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership to find other Medicaid providers in your area.
Another excellent service that Medicaid benefits provide is transportation to medical appointments. If you don’t have a car or can’t afford to use other transportation to get to a non-emergency medical appointment, Texas Medicaid can help you find a ride. You only need to schedule the ride at least two days in advance. Just call (855) 687-3255 to set up your ride.
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