Medicaid is an important part of many Irving senior’s lives. Not only do a lot of seniors rely on it for things like nursing homes and doctor’s visits, but Medicaid can also help provide coverage for things like prescription drugs, rehabilitation services, outpatient care, and lab work. There are even seniors who use it for adult day care and in-home health care. If you’re interested to see if you can qualify for benefits or you’re ready to apply, then you need to know about all of these valuable resources in Texas.
Not everyone can get Medicaid benefits because there are a few requirements based on income and other factors. If you’re a senior, you need to be at least 65 years old, blind, disabled or have a condition that requires care either at home or a nursing home. You also have to meet a certain income level based on your family size and not own any expensive assets besides your house and car. A simple way to see if you meet the eligibility requirements is to check the prescreening tool here.
You have a few different choices when it comes to applying for Medicaid in Irving. If you want the fastest way, head to Your Texas Benefits online and use their website to complete your application. The website will help guide you through the whole process, and once your application is accepted, you can manage your benefits on the same site.
If you would prefer to complete your application by hand or if you would like to talk to someone in person about Medicaid, you can go to the nearest Health and Human Services Commission office. There are many located throughout the Dallas area, but the closest one to Irving is located at:
1545 W. Mockingbird, Dallas, Texas (214) 638-7575
You can also visit the Texas Health and Human Services Department located at:
440 S. Nursery Road, Suite 200 (972) 579-3080
If you can’t make it to either of these locations, you can always call to have your questions answered and ask them to send you an application. You can then fill it out and send it in, but this might take a little longer to process. If you want to apply online but don’t have a computer, then you can use computers at the Irving Public Library. You need a valid library card or a computer access card if you are not a resident.
Seniors get a lot of services covered under their Medicaid benefits, but it’s important to always check before any procedure, treatment, or appointment. Standard Medicaid coverage can include doctor’s visits, dentist appointments, hospital stays, nursing home care, prescription drugs, and lab work. Seniors can also find help for things like adult day care, long-term care facilities, and in-home health services.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has a list of nursing homes that accept Medicaid, and you can find more Medicaid approved providers through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership website. You can also call your providers and see if they accept Medicaid.
Sometimes it can be hard for seniors to find a way to their appointments. Either they don’t have a car, or they can’t drive. If this is the case for you, Texas Medicaid can help provide transportation. Medicaid can help you find non-emergency rides and even help reimburse anyone who drives you to and from your appointments.
You can call (855) 687-3255 to arrange this service. You need to make sure you schedule your ride at least three days in advance if you don’t have someone else who can drive you.
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