The city of Madison boasts a world class health care system, including top physicians, hospitals and medical facilities. Such quality care can be expensive, and thousands of Wisconsin residents find themselves struggling to pay medical bills each year. Luckily, the Wisconsin Medicaid program is able to help Madison seniors to cover the costs of care.
The Wisconsin Medicaid program is open to the disabled, the blind, seniors over 65 and families that meet the state’s income requirements. Medicaid is designed to help the needy cover the cost of medical care and is reserved for those who earn a small income and own limited assets. Some seniors choose to sell their assets in order to qualify for Medicaid, but you should contact an Elder Law attorney to discuss the financial and legal implications of such a move before considering this option.
In the age of the Internet, it comes as no surprise that the easiest way to see if you are eligible and apply for government benefits is online. Wisconsin residents that want to apply for Medicaid or to see if they meet the program’s financial requirements can visit the Wisconsin ACCESS online portal.
The Medicaid application process can sometimes seem overwhelming, and it may help to seek out an expert for assistance. Aging and Disability Resource Centers throughout Wisconsin employ elder benefit specialists that can help seniors to apply for benefits online or by filling out and mailing the appropriate forms. If you want to submit your application in person, you can visit Madison’s local Income Management agency or the nearby Stoughton agency at:
1819 Aberg Avenue; (888) 794-5556 125 Veterans Road; (608) 873-5636
You can contact Medicaid member services to find additional resources located in your area by calling 1-800-362-3002. A representative can connect you with an elderly benefit specialist or direct you to the closest Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Medicaid recipients receive standard medical care for free or at a reduced rate, including services such as x-rays, lab work, hospital stays and doctor’s visits. Medicaid also covers medication and prescription refills. Madison seniors that are housebound or suffer from a chronic condition may be eligible to have the costs of day care, assisted living, in-home care or nursing home care covered by Medicaid. If you are a low-income Madison senior who is looking into long-term care options, be sure to check which nursing homes and assisted living facilities in your area accept Medicaid.
Making your way to a doctor’s appointment can be challenging if you no longer drive a car. Madison seniors on Medicaid that are unable to carpool with friends or family and cannot ride the bus can schedule a ride with Wisconsin’s Medical Transportation Management (MTM) Service for non-emergency situations. You are required to schedule transportation before the time of your medical appointment and must fill out the appropriate MTM form in order to receive mileage reimbursement. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact MTM, Inc. at 1-866-907-1493.
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