As a senior, you get to enjoy a few more perks, and Medicaid might be one of them. Many older people in Mesa rely on the services Medicaid provides. It helps them get necessary medical care like doctor’s visits, hospital stays, nursing home stays, and even helps with in-home health care costs. There are a few requirements to use Medicaid but if you qualify for these services you can get the health care you need to be covered. Here are a few resources you can use to apply and find coverage in your area.
Medicaid is offered to families and adults that are typically low-income households. You will have to meet a certain income level, and you can’t own any expensive assets besides your home and your car. You also have to be at least 65 years old or have a disability that requires constant care for at least 30 days. If you are unsure you meet the requirements for Medicaid, you can use this Quick Screener to find out.
You have a few different options when it comes to Medicaid in Arizona. First, the Medicaid program here is called Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Services (AHCCCS). The easiest and fastest way to apply for services is online at their portal.
Sometimes it can be simpler to apply face to face if you have a lot of questions or aren’t sure how the application process works. If you would prefer to complete your application in person, you can go to the Medicaid offices located in Phoenix. They are located at:
801 Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
If you are unable to make it to Phoenix in person but still would like to talk to someone about your application instead of using the computer, you can call them at (602) 417-4000 and then mail in your application.
If you do not have access to a computer or the internet and want to complete your application online, you can find free computer access in Mesa. The Mesa Public Library offers free access to computers and the internet, and if you have a valid library card, then you don’t need to pay. Even if you don’t have a card, you can pay $1 for an hour of computer time.
Medicaid can help seniors pay for a variety of services. Primary coverage includes things like preventative care, trips to the dentist or doctor, hospital or nursing home stays, outpatient care, and rehabilitation services. It will also help with things like certain medical procedures, x-rays, lab work, and possibly medical equipment and prescription drugs. Seniors can also have long-term care facilities, adult day care services, and in-home health care services covered.
If you are looking for providers that accept Medicaid, you can call them and ask what their policy is for Medicaid patients, or you can enter them into the search tool on AHCCCS’s website to see if they accept Medicaid.
Even if you have medical services covered under Medicaid, it might not be easy to get to your appointments. If you don’t have a car, can’t afford fuel and travel costs, or don’t have access to any form of transportation, then you can use Medicaid to help cover your travel expenses. They will talk with you to find out where you need to go and what your needs are and then find a form of suitable transportation.
This could be a bus pass for frequent trips, a shuttle van to a nearby facility, or a door-to-door service if you need to travel a long distance. All you have to do to coordinate a ride is call (888) 700-6822 at least three days in advance of your appointment.
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