Georgia currently has over 9.8 million residents and some of these individuals have an opportunity to receive medical assistance through Medicaid. Children, pregnant women, low income seniors and many others should fill out a Georgia Medicaid Printable Application to see if they qualify in 2012 or 2013. Make sure to access the following link to get all your Medicaid information: Printable Medicaid Application Forms Online.
Are You Eligible to Qualify for Medicaid in Georgia?
If you are struggling financially and you need some assistance when it comes to healthcare you might want to think about sending in a Medicaid application. Here are the basic requirements:
- You think you are pregnant
- You are a child or teenager
- You are age 65 or older
- You are legally blind
- You have a disability
- You need nursing home care
You may also want to check out some of the income and asset charts. Note that SSI recipients will need to make $698 or less a month for individuals and $1,048 a month for couples. Some of the other helpful income levels are available at this link. Make sure to crunch these numbers to get a better understanding if you qualify for Medicaid. Even though these numbers may be set in stone it might be wise to stop by the nearest DFCS office to see if there is any way you can get other financial assistance through Medicare, Welfare or other government programs.
Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids Health Insurance Plans in Georgia
Residents in Georgia have three separate options when it comes to Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids. Individuals will either decide based on their doctor and what plan he or she is under or the benefits of a particular plan. The three opportunities include:
For much more information on the dental, vision and behavioral health options for these plans click on your area of the map at this website. Going through this brochure may end up helping you save quite a bit of time and money down the road. Just because your doctor is part of one plan does not mean that you have to use just that plan. Remember that there are hundreds of doctors in the state of Georgia that will assist Medicaid patients. Do not be afraid to switch doctors if you are looking for different benefits offered by a different insurance company.
When looking to change healthcare plans remember that there are a few rules. In the first 90 days of the plan you have the opportunity to switch to a different plan. After that first 90 days is up you cannot change plans unless you have a special reason and get permission from Georgia Families. After one year of being under a specific plan you then have the opportunity to shop around and change plans at any time. The moral of this story is you have three months to decide on a plan that works for you. After the three months is up you need to keep that one particular plan for at least a year. After the year is up you can then shop around again.
Note that you can change your Primary Care Provider (PCP) at any time. Your PCP is your main doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider. When you do decide to chance to a new PCP it would be smart to make certain that they work with your current healthcare plan. This is especially important if you are between the 90 day and one year period.
How to Enroll in Georgia Families and Medicaid
If you are in Medicaid or Peachtree for Kids then there is a very good chance that you will need to enroll in Georgia Families. Luckily, Georgia-Families.com has made this very easy. By accessing this link you will be able to start the enrollment application process. Remember that you can enroll by paper or by telephone as well. You can call this number (1-888-423-6765) between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday and go through the enrollment process via the telephone. This might be much easier for those who are not good with the Internet.