What Free Medical Help Is Available to Disabled People and Children?


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Medicaid provides free or low-cost medical services to many qualifying disabled people and children in the United States, according to the Medicaid program's website. The services available may vary depending on the specifics of disabilities or the age of the child. Eligibility requirements also vary from state to state, though the federal government sets minimum requirements that all states must abide by.

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Children who are part of a family with income of 241 percent of the federal poverty line are likely to qualify for either Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, writes Medicaid.gov. All children under 6 years of age who are part of a family making up to 133 percent of the poverty line per year qualify for Medicaid, as do children between 6 and 18 years of age who are part of a family whose income is 100 percent of the poverty line or less. Benefits for children enrolled in Medicaid include a number of early diagnosis and treatment services known as the EPSDT program.

Most disabled individuals who qualify for Medicaid also qualify for the Supplemental Security Income program, according to Medicaid.gov. However, some states impose more stringent requirements for receiving Medicaid. Disabled people who qualify for SSI may not qualify for Medicaid services in those states.

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