An application for Georgia?s PeachCare can be submitted online through the state?s Department of Community Health website. Applications are also accepted at local DCH offices and by mail. Online applications take about 15 minutes to complete.
To complete an application, an applicant needs to provide information about current health insurance, household income, income deductions and the household?s plan to file taxes. After completing the application online, applicants can upload documents, such as paycheck stubs, through the site.
To qualify for assistance, applicants must have income amounts that are 235 percent of the poverty levels established by the federal government. For instance, a family of three cannot exceed $3,826 a month in earnings. Applicants must also be United States citizens. Applicants are required to submit proof of income, residency and citizenship within 14 days of submitting an application.
Georgia?s PeachCare program began in 1999 to help families meet the insurance needs for minor children. Children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid often meet the criteria for PeachCare. Families have to pay a premium each month for the coverage. The premium amount is income-based. Children under the age of 6 years of age can receive coverage for free. There is a maximum amount of $70 per month for families with two or more children.