Due to a variety of circumstances modern grandparents are increasingly called upon to raise their grandchildren when their own children cannot. Oftentimes a major factor in this custodial care is the fact that grown children are incapable of supporting these grandchildren. Grandchildren placed in the care of grandparents may be eligible for Medicaid benefits even though the custodial grandparents do not qualify for these benefits.
Medicaid is a social program funded by a partnership between the federal and state governments that assists qualified individuals with healthcare costs. Eligibility for Medicaid is dependent upon income, and low income individuals or those with limited assets may qualify if they meet these guidelines.
However, Medicaid eligibility requirements are complex because each state manages its own Medicaid program and establishes its own eligibility guidelines.
Applying for Medicaid for Grandchildren
A person who is caring for a child under the age of 18 can apply for Medicaid benefits on the child’s behalf. This individual is not required to be the legal guardian of the child, which is frequently the case with custodial grandparents.
The application process begins with a visit to the local Medicaid office, which is different from the local Medicaid branch office. The Medicaid office is the source of forms and booklets. The staff at the Medicaid office will provide the necessary forms and booklets for applying for a child’s Medicaid benefits when both parents are absent or unable to apply for benefits themselves.
The Medicaid application requires a letter that states your support for the child and your relationship with the child. Also be prepared to provide birth certificates and any other documents required. These requirements vary from state to state.
Applying for Medicaid for grandchildren may be a slow and frustrating process for grandparents. Consider consulting with a local attorney versed in Medicaid eligibility in Kansas, Missouri or Oklahoma.
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