Thousands of Texans rely on Medicaid every year to give them access to the medical care that they need. Medicaid benefits cover a variety of different health services, from short-term rehabilitation therapy to long-term nursing care for San Antonio residents.
If you are a Texas resident with a low income and limited assets, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits. Adults with a long-term disability or who need at least 30 consecutive days of medical care can apply for Medicaid, as well as any senior over the age of 65 that meets the state’s financial requirements.
Many Texans that have access to the internet choose to apply for Medicaid benefits online through the YourTexasBenefits.com portal. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can turn to local community partner organizations such as the San Antonio Christian Resource Center, the Life Choices Medical Clinic, or even the San Antonio Food Bank. These organizations provide computers with Internet access that are open for public use, and staff members are on hand during business hours to provide assistance.
If you want to apply for Medicaid in person rather than online, there are several state Health and Human Services Commission benefits offices located in and around the city of San Antonio. Local offices can be found at:
11307 Roszell Street; (210) 655-8760 404 Brady Boulevard; (210) 212-6986 2534 Castroville Road; (210) 436-4392
Residents living on the outskirts of the city can also visit offices in the nearby towns of Jourdanton and Schertz. For more information, contact the Texas Health and Human Services commission toll-free by dialing 2-1-1 or 7-1-1 for hearing impaired callers. Those living outside of Texas should call 1-877-541-7905 or 1-800-735-2989 for the hearing impaired.
Medicaid will cover all of your basic health care needs, from routine checkups to emergency hospital stays, along with standard dental coverage. Some seniors, however, require more extensive care. If you need specialized long-term care, Texas Medicaid may cover the costs of adult day care programs, assisted living, at-home care and even skilled nursing care. Not all nursing homes accept Medicaid, so be sure to ask what insurance coverage a facility accepts if you are looking into nursing care.
If you have a friend, neighbor or loved one that can safely drive you to your medical appointments, Medicaid funds may be able to reimburse your driver for gasoline if he or she completes an Individual Provider Enrollment application. For those that can’t find or afford a ride, all city-operated senior centers in San Antonio provide transportation for registered individuals that live nearby. Seniors can call their local center to schedule a ride or call (210) 207-7172 for more information. There are also several medical transportation agencies that operate throughout the city of San Antonio that help seniors get to medical appointments. The Alamo Service Connection can give you more information about local transportation services at (210) 477-3275.
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