Many Glendale seniors rely on Medicaid benefits to help them cover the cost of medical treatments and services. Medicaid can help pay for things like preventative care, stays at a hospital or nursing home and even include transportation to medical appointments, prescription drugs, and some medical equipment. While there are requirements to qualify for these benefits, it’s a good idea to make sure you understand everything about Medicaid so when the time comes your application can process quickly.
If you’re a senior that is 65 or older, meet certain income level requirements and don’t own any expensive assets other than your car or home, you are eligible for Medicaid. You can also get Medicaid if you’re a disabled adult that will need continuous care for 30 days or more. Arizona Medicaid has a helpful Quick Screener program that allows you to see if you’re eligible for benefits with just a few simple questions.
First, Medicaid in Arizona is called Arizona Health Care Containment Services so keep that in mind as you apply for your benefits. The fastest and simplest way to apply for Medicaid is to go to AHCCCS’s website and apply online. Your application will process the fastest this way, and it’s more convenient for most seniors.
Sometimes you might have issues with online applications or just have a lot of questions that it’s easier to apply in person at the Arizona Medicaid Office. However, be aware that this office is in Phoenix and you will have to travel there to apply in person. The address is:
801 Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
In certain cases, a simple phone call will be able to solve your problem, and you can call the office at (602) 417-4000. You can also mail in your application to the address above but know that it will probably take a little longer to process.
If you don’t have a computer but would still like to apply online or print out your application, the Glendale Public Library can help you out. They have computers you can use that are equipped with internet access and software programs that can assist you with your application. All you need is a valid library card, and printing is $.20 per page.
Medicaid coverage can vary from state to state, so make sure you know the specifics of your benefits. In general, seniors can expect coverage for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, preventative care, dentist visits, and things like lab work and x-rays. You might also have coverage for prescription medication, in-home health care and adult day care services.
You need to make sure that no matter where you go for medical services they accept Medicaid, otherwise your benefits won’t cover the cost. AHCCCS has a search engine that allows you to check which providers accept Medicaid and you can always ask your provider.
If you have a non-emergency appointment that you need to get to but don’t have a car or access to any form of transportation, Medicaid might be able to help. They can help you get access to various forms of transportation like a bus pass or access to a shuttle van to get you to your appointment.
You do need to make sure you schedule your ride at least three days in advance. You can do this by calling (888) 700-6822 and talking with the coordinator.
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