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How do you apply for emergency Medicaid?

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To receive emergency Medicaid, contact a local social services organization, and complete the application provided. Some documentation may be required before the application is approved. The application can be completed in about an hour, but the approval process may require additional time.

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  1. Apply for services

    Individuals that have incurred medical bills are required to complete an application for emergency Medicaid before the costs are covered. Applications are available at local offices, such as the Department of Social Services, for interested parties. The application must be completed and returned to the appropriate agency.

  2. Provide the requested documentation

    Most organizations require specific documentation to approve the application for emergency medical assistance. For instance, some states require proof of the medical services provided before the application is approved. Pregnant women seeking emergency medical coverage may be required to show proof of pregnancy for coverage.

  3. Reapply as needed

    Some states require individuals to apply for emergency Medicaid each time medical care is received, and other states provide emergency coverage for a period of up to 12 months after the application is processed and approved. If additional care is provided on an emergency basis, reapply for emergency Medicaid coverage if it is required in the state of residence.

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