Q) My husband and I have family coverage we pay for that covers us and our children. My niece came to live with us several months ago due to her mothers drinking and drug use, she was unable to care for her. She signed over a temporary custody agreement that was notarized but not court ordered, so we cannot add my niece to our insurance. I have no idea were to start looking to get her coverage. She is 13 and her mother and step father do not have insurance. How can I get her medical insurance?
A) If your niece needs Medicaid insurance, there are several steps you can take to help her apply:
- Determine if your niece is eligible for Medicaid: Medicaid eligibility is based on income and other factors, such as age, disability, and family status. You can use the Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Toolkit on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website to determine if your niece is eligible.
- Apply for Medicaid: To apply for Medicaid, you can visit your state’s Medicaid website or call your state’s Medicaid agency. You will likely need to provide information about your niece’s income, assets, and other personal information.
- Gather necessary documentation: Depending on your state’s requirements, you may need to provide documentation such as proof of income, citizenship, and residency.
- Follow up on the application: After submitting the application, it’s important to follow up with the Medicaid agency to ensure that it is processed in a timely manner. You may need to provide additional documentation or information if requested.
If you are having difficulty navigating the Medicaid application process or need assistance with the application, you can contact your state’s Medicaid agency or a local Medicaid enrollment broker for help.
Please visit your state Social Service office or state Medicaid website and apply for coverage for your niece –