Georgia Medicaid - A Guide to Medicaid and Managed Care in Georgia
Medicaid is the largest division in the Georgia Department of
Community Health. This program provides health care for children,
pregnant women, people over the age of 65, and blind and otherwise
disabled people. It is funded by matching federal and state funds
in a joint project to improve the health of people who otherwise
could not get the care they need. Per enrollee, Georgia Medicaid
spends around three thousand dollars per year on average. This
number, however, is different depending on who is covered. Children
who receive Medicaid coverage usually represent a little more than
a thousand dollars per enrollee, whereas the disable and elderly
receive closer to $7,500 dollars per year per enrollee. The federal
government contributes around $1.50 per every dollar the state
spends on Medicaid.
If you believe you may be eligible for Medicaid coverage, you
should contact your local office to find out more details. Eligibility
requirements for Medicaid include a low income and low personal
assets, as well as other requirements, like age or disability.
Pregnant women and children under the age of six whose family income
is 133% or less of the federal poverty level are eligible for Medicaid
coverage in Georgia. People over the age of 65 who meet the requirements
to receive SSI income are also eligible for Medicaid benefits.
You must be a citizen of the US, able to provide a Social Security
number, and have less than $2,000 in assets. Couples must have
less than $3,000 in combined assets to qualify for Medicaid. In
addition, you must have limited income below a certain level, which
may vary by your living arrangement.
Medicaid will cover nursing home managed care for aged people
or disable people who are unable to function fully on a daily basis.
Medicaid in Georgia will cover some of the expenses of home care,
but not as much as with managed care. This means that it can be
difficult to stay at home and still receive adequate coverage.
Medicaid in Georgia will cover in and outpatient hospital stays,
physician appointments and laboratory services, as well as nursing
facility services and home health services. To find out which facilities
and providers are certified by Medicaid in your area, contact your
If you or a member of your family may need managed or long term
care in the near future and you are a low income individual, you
should investigate the possibility of receiving Medicaid benefits.
The Georgia Medicaid website can provide more information, or you
can contact your local Medicaid office. Many people in this country
are eligible for Medicaid benefits, but unaware that they are able
to receive them. Managed care and long term assistance can become
much more available to people once they begin receiving benefits
from the Georgia Medicaid program.