Funded by both the federal and state governments, Medicaid is an important health program for people with lower incomes, elderly people, people with disabilities, and some families with children.
The state Department of Health administers the Utah Medicaid Program, and recipients must be American citizens or legal permanent residents living in Utah who fall into certain qualifying categories.
Qualifying categories for Medicaid eligibility include:
- the elderly
- the physically disabled
- the mentally disabled
- severely disabled children
- pregnant women
- low income adults
- low income children
By 2014, most adults across the country who are under age 65 and have incomes under $15,000 will qualify for Medicaid. Although income limits for various Utah Medicaid programs vary substantially, they generally fall between 55% and 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For recipients 65 and over, the income threshold is currently set at 100% of the FPL.
The Utah Medical Programs Summary provides further information about the state’s various Medicaid programs and eligibility requirements. If it appears you meet eligibility requirements for any state medical assistance, it is easy to apply online, in person, or by mail.
Medicare in Utah covers a variety of medically-necessary services including:
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital services
- Health screenings for children and treatment of detected medical problems
- Comprehensive dental services for children
- Adult medical and surgical dental services
- Nursing facility services for adults
- Health clinic services
- Prescription drugs
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy for children
- Eye doctor visits and eyeglasses for children
- Medically-necessary transportation services
Some people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. In such cases, Medicare is the primary payer.
If you are eligible for both Medicare and Utah Medicaid, looking into Medicare Advantage plans may be a wise move. Medicare Advantage can offer increased coverage and security to dual eligible individuals, and some Medicare Advantage plans are available premium-free.
Call MedicareMall toll-free at 1-877-413-1556 for help determining whether Medicare Advantage is right for you.
For more information about Medicaid in Utah, call the Department of Health Medicaid Division at 1-800-662-9651. In the Salt Lake City area, the number to call is 801-538-6155.
If you have any further questions about senior healthcare including Original Medicare Part A and Part B, Medicare Advantage, or Medicare supplement plans, contact a licensed, bonded MedicareMall representative and let us lead you with confidence through the Medicare maze!
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