Making Medicaid Available to People With Low Income

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A payor source, Medicare or Medicaid Medicaid is available to people with low incomes. These also include people who have reached a certain age, blind, disabled, and families who have dependent children. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify someone for Medicaid; a patient has to fit into one of the seven categories which include assets, age, pregnancy, disability, blindness, income and resources, and one's status as a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted immigrant. Medicaid pays for some or all of the recipient's needs. The problem is that there is difficulty in describing 'low income' and many people who do deserve it are not on it. Automatically, anyone enrolled in the Supplemental Security Income program is a recipient of Medicaid. o Any patient scenario involving a patient covered under the selected payor source. A patient must fall into one of the defined categories. Poverty is a requirement but it alone does not qualify. According to the CMS Medicaid website: Medicaid does not provide medical assistance for all poor persons. Even under the broadest provisions of the Federal statute (except for emergency services for certain persons), the Medicaid program does not provide health care services, even for very poor persons, unless they are in one of the designated eligibility groups. ( /). The scenario, in this case, might be an unmarried African-American 18 year old woman who is living in a slum area, is a high-school student, and is pregnant with
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