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How Long Does It Take To Start Receiving Medicaid?

A few tips to getting through the Medicaid process without too much hassle and frustration.

How long does it take to start receiving Medicaid? The answer: it depends. There are a number of qualifications you have to meet before receiving Medicaid benefits. Also, there may be waiting lists or other delays that could slow down the Medicaid process. Suggested below are a few tips to getting Medicaid as quickly as possible.

Know The Process:

Tip #1: Take the time to find out what the qualifications are to getting Medicaid. Go online and search the Web for your local and/or state Medicaid and find out your state’s qualifications. If you don’t meet the qualifications, don’t even bother to apply for Medicaid. If you do, then the next step is to fill out the application.

Complete Application:

It’s very important that you complete the application with all relevant information Medicaid is asking. The application would also state that Medicaid would need certain documents in order to complete the application process, documents such as check stubs, proof of birth, driver’s license, etc. An incomplete application delays the Medicaid process, so it’s very important that all requested documents are provided. Tip #2: The quickest way through the Medicaid process is to complete the application and fax it with all requested documents to the fax number provided. It usually takes them 48 to 72 hours to process the application.

Be Patient:

After completing the application, it generally takes 7 to 10 days for the Medicaid process to complete and a decision made. You’d receive 2 letters in the mail; the first letter would state that Medicaid has received your application and to expect a decision to be made in 7 to 10 days. The second letter would state whether or not your application was accepted and why if it was not accepted.



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