Q) My Granddaughter and her two month old daughter are on Medicaid in Greenville South Carolina. They will be temporarily living with me in Lewes Delaware from May 2018 to October 2018 while my Granddaughter attends school. They will return to Greenville, SC in October. Do they continue on Medicaid Greenville, SC or must they close that and apply Medicaid Delaware?
A) Medicaid is a state-run program, so each state has its own rules about eligibility and coverage. In general, if you are a resident of one state and you move to another state, you will need to apply for Medicaid in the new state. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
One exception is if you are only moving to the new state temporarily. In this case, you may be able to keep your Medicaid coverage from the old state. To do this, you will need to contact your Medicaid agency in the old state and let them know that you are moving temporarily. They will be able to tell you if you are eligible to keep your coverage and what you need to do to continue receiving benefits.
In the case of your granddaughter and her daughter, they will be temporarily living in Delaware while your granddaughter attends school. This means that they may be able to keep their Medicaid coverage from South Carolina. However, you will need to contact your Medicaid agency in South Carolina to find out for sure.
If you are not sure if your granddaughter and her daughter are eligible to keep their Medicaid coverage from South Carolina, you can contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-767-7121.
You can also contact the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance at 1-800-282-9474 to find out if they would be eligible for Medicaid in Delaware.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
NOTE: While your Granddaughter is with you in Delaware she will need to re-apply for Medicaid in your state as each state has its own set of eligibility requirements. Medicaid benefits do not transfer when you relocate to another state. Also she cannot receive Medicaid benefits in two states at the same time, which means that she will first need to close her SC Medicaid benefits in her originating state before applying for Medicaid benefits in your state of Delaware.