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It can be daunting trying to find out if you are eligible for Medicaid. The first step is to contact the state or local health support agency.

For the elderly or those with limited income, a vital question is how to pay for necessary medical care. One government program designed to provide medical care for people in these categories is the US Federal Government’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is, however, not a simple program to enroll in, and it can seem a daunting task to answer the question, “How to find out if I am eligible for Medicaid.”

Who determines Medicaid eligibility?

State departments of health have the authority under the medical assistance regulations to make determinations of eligibility. In some states, and under certain conditions, this authority can be delegated to the local agency that administers the health plan.

Who is eligible for Medicaid?

Low-income persons in certain categories are eligible for Medicaid. Federal legislation requires states to provide coverage for certain groups, and there are some optional categories. In almost all cases coverage is automatically provided to those who receive certain other public assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Low-income families, children, aged, blind, or disable adults may in some instances also qualify. Some refugees and persons granted asylum can also qualify.

Are there limitations on assistance?

Persons who meet financial and eligibility requirements for assistance are eligible. Eligibility must be recertified every 12 months. If family income exceeds the Federal Medicaid limits for the household size, coverage can be terminated or limited.

Where do I go to find out if I’m eligible for Medicaid? The first step in answering the question "how do I find out if I'm eligible for Medicaid?" is to contact your local or state medical assistance agency. Information is also available on the Internet at Information about state programs is also available on the Internet. This can usually be found easily by entering the phrase “determination of Medicaid eligibility” in your search engine