The federal Medicaid program allows United States residents to access healthcare services and prescriptions that they may not have otherwise been able to afford. Each state has slightly different eligibility requirements and coverage. Over 25 percent of Mississippi residents receive Medicaid benefits. Will you be one of them?
MS Medicaid members are eligible for coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, family planning, eyeglasses, long-term care, psychiatric care, prescriptions, and more. In most cases, members in 2019 have access to up to 36 home health visits per year, up to six prescriptions per month, and up to 16 physician visits per year (can change based on medical need).
To get MS Medicaid transportation services, you must have no other means of getting to and from the appointment. Non-Emergency transportation can only be used for getting to and from Medicaid-covered appointments. If you are part of a MississippiCAN Coordinated Care Organization, you’ll need to book your ride through your plan. Everyone else can call 1-866-331-6004 for bookings.
A Coordinated Care Organization improves beneficiary access to doctors and services, improves care quality, and improves the overall efficiency of the Medicaid program. The Mississippi Divison of Medicaid (DOM) has implemented the Mississippi Coordinated Access Network (MississippiCAN) including Magnolia Health, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and Molina Healthcare.
In addition to coverage for eligible Medicaid services, Magnolia Health Plan has a rewards program that gives you another reason to stay healthy. Through “My Health Pays,” you’ll receive a Visa prepaid card. Rewards dollars will be added to your card every time you complete a healthy activity, like:
You can use your card to shop for everyday items at Walmart, pay your utility bills, and pay for transportation, childcare, education, and rent. Certain products, like alcohol and tobacco, cannot be purchased with this card.
The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is one of the largest Medicaid plans in the nation. Their plan includes “extra” benefits like interpreters and translations for non-native speakers, routine immunizations, a 24-7 nurse line, urgent care, chiropractic services for qualifying members, and unlimited doctor visits. Uniquely, the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan also includes the “Farm to Fork” program, which allows you to pick up a bag of fresh produce every month.
On top of their Medicaid option, they also have a “dual complete” plan for those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Aside from the great medical and prescription drug benefits that Molina Healthcare offers for MississippiCAN members, they offer the following competitive rewards:
Medicaid eligibility is based on household size and income, with these additional requirements:
Your income must match the chart below:
When you apply for Medicaid in Mississippi, you will need legal documentation for your whole family, like your Social Security numbers, birthdates, employer/income information, and health insurance policy numbers. You can apply for MS Medicaid online through Healthcare.gov or by downloading and electronically submitting the application. If you prefer, you can print and mail your application to the Office of Eligibility at the Division of Medicaid at 550 High St, Suite 1000, Jackson, MS 39201. You can also visit one of the Mississippi Medicaid offices (see below) and apply in person.
Need help with your application? The Mississippi Medicaid office in your county can answer any questions you have about applying and may be able to provide a paper application. The central Medicaid office for Mississippi is located in Jackson, at the Walter Sillers building (550 High Street, Suite 1000, Jackson, MS 39201). Click here for the site closest to you.
The Envision site includes links to various forms both for you and for your doctors. You cannot apply for MS Medicaid directly through MS Medicaid Envision.
Did you know that you can benefit from both Medicare AND Medicaid? While Medicaid is mostly for low-income individuals, Medicare is for aged or disabled individuals (regardless of income). You can qualify for Medicare if you are age 65 or older, if you have received Social Security Disability Income for at least 24 months, or if you are diagnosed with either End-Stage Renal Disease or ALS.
Once you determine whether or not you think you are eligible for both programs, you may want to speak to a licensed agent in your area. If you qualify for both programs, you may qualify for a dual-eligible special needs plan (DSNP). A DSNP is a form of Medicare Advantage, a Medicare plan that can provide benefits above and beyond what traditional Medicare covers. When you have a DSNP, you can have all your eligible benefits covered at little or no cost.
We have independent sales agents throughout the state of Mississippi who can help you look at all of your DSNP options and determine which is the best for you. Interested? Just click here or give us a call at 833-438-3676.
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