Medicaid Eligibility: How to Apply for Medicaid in Nebraska
Medicaid is a government-sponsored healthcare program that provides affordable health insurance to low-income families, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities, and older adults in Nebraska. Applying for Medicaid in Nebraska is easy, and there are several ways to do it.
1. Apply Online
The simplest and most convenient way to sign up for Medicaid in Nebraska is to apply online at iServe. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete the online application, which can be done from the comfort of your home.
2. Apply Over the Phone
Another way to apply for Medicaid is by calling one of the DHHS phone numbers provided. The phone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can either apply over the phone or request a paper application to fill out and mail in. In Lincoln, call (402) 473-7000, and in Omaha, call (402) 595-1178.
3. Apply In Person
Alternatively, you can visit a local DHHS office to apply in person.
Eligibility for Medicaid
To determine your eligibility for Medicaid, accurate and up-to-date information about your household income, assets, and family size is essential. There are several categories of individuals who may qualify for Medicaid, including:
Individuals who are 65 years or older
People under 65 years of age with disabilities or visual impairments
Children under 18
Adults between 19 and 64
Parents or caretakers
Former foster care youth
People with Medicare may also qualify for Medicaid in particular situations.
Certain resources and income are taken into account when applying for Medicaid. Some resources, such as your home, one motor vehicle, property used for business, and an irrevocable burial fund, are not counted towards the asset limit. Some resources that do count towards the asset limit have a maximum threshold, depending on the family size. However, children under 18 and pregnant women are not subject to a resource test.
Services Covered by Medicaid
Medicaid in Nebraska provides a wide range of services and care to eligible individuals, including:
Chiropractic and podiatry services
Physical, occupational, speech pathology, and audiology therapies
Nursing facility services
Hearing aid services
Vision care services
Medical transportation services
Private-duty nursing services
Mental health and substance abuse help for children/adolescents
Nurse practitioner and nurse midwife services
Screening services such as mammograms and family planning services
Clinics and hospice services
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extends Medicaid and provides health insurance coverage to specific children who are without any other health insurance and are not qualified for Medicaid. CHIP in Nebraska offers the same services as Medicaid, including vision care, prescribed drugs, and hospital services.
The eligibility process is simplified with CHIP, aiding Medicaid in its mission of quicker and more convenient enrollment. The 599 CHIP program is also available for unborn children of pregnant women who are not qualified for coverage under Medicaid or CHIP.
Ineligibility for Medicaid
If you happen to be determined ineligible for Medicaid, don't worry! Your application will be forwarded to the Federal Marketplace (healthcare.gov) for further assistance.
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