What does Medicaid cover?
March 12, 2013
The benefits covered for adults through Medicaid are different in each state, but certain benefits are covered in every Medicaid program.
Doctor’s services that are covered by Medicaid include:
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Inpatient hospital services
- Outpatient hospital services
- Health screenings for children and treatment if medical problems are identified
- Comprehensive dental and vision services for children
- Family planning services and supplies
- Long-term care services and supports
- Medical and surgical dental services for adults
- Pediatric and family nurse practitioner services
- Services provided in health clinics
- Nurse-midwife services
- Nursing facility services for adults
- Home health care services for certain people
- Prescription drugs
Other benefits your state must cover for children and may cover for adults:
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Eye doctor visits, eyeglasses
- Audiology, hearing aids
- Prosthetic devices
- Mental health services
- Respite and other in-home long-term care
- Case management
- Personal care services
- Hospice services
The Affordable Care Act will expand options for community-based care. There will be more opportunities for people of all ages who have a disability to get help with daily activities while remaining in their homes. The Medicaid program continues to move toward providing more community-based care options as an alternative to nursing homes.
I have been applying for medicaid more then once. I have not received it yet. I have medical problems and I can’t even get help. I have worked in this state since I was 15 yrs. old. I need my medication. This is not right!
I know it must be difficult for you. Please follow up with your local medicaid office with your application. You may need to visit in person to get the status on your application.
Keep in mind:
If your state is not expanding Medicaid and you can’t afford a health plan you can get low-cost health care at a Community Health Center near you.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) health centers provide low cost health care through county clinics. Even if you have no health insurance or can’t get Medicaid you only pay what you can afford, based on your income.
HRSA Health centers provide services such as:
Diagnostic and treatment when you’re sick
Children immunizations and checkups
Prescription drugs and dental care
Substance abuse care and mental health services
HRSA are federally-funded health service centers that provide care for you, even if you have no health insurance or cannot get medicaid. Remember, you only pay what you can afford, based on your income.
Find a HRSA Health Center near you.