For those hoping to qualify for Medicaid and looking for assistance with the application process, it is important to recognize that the state is not always the best resource for application assistance. Often times, private medicaid planners are in a better position to counsel individuals on their Medicaid eligibility.
Please note that since Medicaid is administered at the state level, many states refer to their Medicaid programs using alternative names. In addition to the alternative names, the rules in each state can vary significantly.
To apply for Medicaid you will have to:
Fill out an application form
Provide documentation to verify general and financial requirements
Go through a functional eligibility assessment
If you own a home, the state may ask you to document the current fair market value of the home and any loans for the home, such as mortgages or equity loans. The state may ask for these documents:
A current tax bill
A real estate appraisal
Copies of your mortgage
If you use a professional medicaid planning firm, they will typically provide you with a detailed checklist of all documents required.