Medicaid is a program that allows people who cannot afford medical care to have access to a range of health services. If you recently got approved for the program, you may still have many questions about how it works. To give you a better understanding of your benefits in New York, here are answers to several common questions.
What New Yorkers on Medicaid Should Know
What health services are covered in New York?
Medicaid covers medical transportation, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, laboratory and X-ray services, medication, clinic services, and ambulance transportation.
To be covered, you must present your Benefit Identification Card when requesting a health service.
Can I receive reimbursement for bills I paid?
It depends. You can be reimbursed for medical bills you paid before you received Medicaid. However, these must fall within the three months immediately prior to your application. For instance, if you applied in April, you may get money back for expenses from March, February, and January.
When requesting reimbursement, you must provide proof of payment, and the health services rendered must be covered by Medicaid.
Can I receive home care under Medicaid?
Yes, if you’re a qualified elderly or disabled person. Managed Long-Term Care is a program under Medicaid that assists people with chronic illnesses or disabilities by providing in-home care instead of sending them to a nursing home.
Do I have to renew my card?
Yes. You must renew your benefits every year. Before they expire, you will receive a letter or email from the NY State of Health Marketplace with a renewal date and instructions. If you do not renew on time, you may lose your membership.
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