Good health is important to everyone, but with skyrocketing medical costs and a slumping economy now is harder than ever to pay for good quality Health Care. If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid can help provide the resources necessary to ensure you and your family have a long and healthy life
Medicaid is a state run program for low-income individuals and families. Many groups of people can gain access to Medicaid as long as they meet certain requirements set forth by their State's Medicaid administration. Medicaid requirements can include age, whether or not you are pregnant, disabled, your financial standing or if you are a US citizen.
October 25, 2011
Prosthetics, though expensive, can help improve the lives of those who need them. An average pacemaker costs anywhere from $35,000 to $45,000. Artificial limbs and eyes cost more, depending on quality. Fortunately, Medicaid and Medicare offer coverage for prosthetics. Here’s how you can get coverage for prosthetics:
Apply for Medicaid, Beneficiaries are automatically covered by Medicaid if prosthetics coverage is medically necessary.
Consult with your Medicaid provider. In some states, Medicaid only covers prosthetics costs for those under the age of 21. So before considering this option, ask your Medicaid caseworker if you can qualify for this benefit.
Get in touch with the Social Security Administration. For those aged 65 and older, contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 to find out if you qualify for Medicare. However, there are cases when Medicare is granted to those under 65 who are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Medicare usually pays 80 percent of the total cost of prosthetics when medically necessary.
If you are a veteran, you may contact the Veterans Health Administration Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service because they can cover the costs of your prosthetics.