How Do You Find Out Your Medicaid Benefits?

Medicaid benefits vary from state to state within guidelines specified by the federal government, according to Information about the term, duration and scope of benefits applicable to individual patients is available through the state Medicaid administrator as is the case with Indiana, Maryland and other states.

Medicaid benefits are classified as mandatory and optional, according to These benefits are based on federal regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. The mandatory benefits available to eligible and registered Medicaid participants includes inpatient and outpatient hospital services, early and periodic screening, diagnostics and treatment for those below the age of 21, X-ray and laboratory services, nursing, midwifery, and ambulance or medical transportation, notes.

Benefits such as the coverage of prescription drugs, dental care, private nursing and hospice care, psychiatric services, and institutional geriatric services are optional benefits that are determined by individual state Medicaid administration agencies. Information about the specific optional benefits is usually available through a helpline managed by the Medicaid administrator as is the case in Maryland, Texas, and Indiana, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Individual programs managed by the state may offer a traditional Medicaid program or customize programs for specific demographic and medical groups, as is the case with Indiana Medicaid.