There are many seniors in Savannah that rely on the benefits Medicaid provides. Not only does Medicaid cover things like doctor’s visits or hospital stays, it helps seniors gain access to services like adult day care, medical equipment, non-emergency transportation, and so much more. There is a lot of information about Medicaid and if you’re ready to apply for the program, it’s a good idea to make sure you understand everything about the application process and what your benefits cover.
Medicaid is mostly for low-income families, and so there are some financial requirements you have to meet to get benefits. They will look at your income level and make sure you don’t have any valuable assets other than your house and car. As a senior, you need to be at least 65 or you need to be blind, disabled or require care through a nursing home. You can find more details about Georgia Medicaid eligibility here.
You can apply a few different ways, and it all depends on your preference and resources. The easiest way is to apply online through Georgia’s COMPASS website. The site will guide you through the process, and you can even check on the status of your application. You can also apply online through healthcare.gov.
If you have issues with your online application or you have a lot of questions that would be easier to handle in person, there are a few places you can go in Savannah to apply. The Chatham County Division of Family and Children Services and the Medicaid and Disability Resources, Inc. can both help with your application face to face. They are located at:
761 Wheaton Street; (912) 644-5956
214 E. Bay Street; (912) 231-0221
If you aren’t able to make it to either of these places but still have questions you would like to ask, you can always call. They can also mail you an application, and you can fill it out and send it back. It might take a little longer to get your application processed this way, so keep that in mind.
If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet but still want to apply online or print off your application, there are a few places in Savannah you can go. Live Oak Public Libraries offers free computer access and internet at all of their branches. All you need is a valid library card. You can also check this list for Savannah’s free Wi-Fi spots.
Medicaid services can vary slightly from state to state so make sure you know what your benefits cover. Generally, though, you can expect things like doctor’s visits, dentist trips, outpatient services, rehabilitation services, medical supplies, x-rays, and lab work. Seniors might also be able to use home health services, adult day care, and long-term care facilities with their Medicaid benefits.
To use your benefits, you have to make sure the providers you visit accept Medicaid. You can check here to see if they are on the list of Medicaid providers in Georgia or you can always call and ask each place you visit.
There may be times that you’re unable to get to a medical appointment because you don’t have a car or other form of transportation or perhaps you can’t afford the fuel to get to your appointment. Georgia Medicaid has agreements with various transportation services throughout the state and can help arrange a ride for you wherever you’re located. You can call (888) 224-7988 to schedule your trip.
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