How do I qualify for Medicaid?

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 29 at 10:41 PM

Panelists:

  • Professor Aaron Katz, who teaches health policy law at the University of Washington
  • Alison Carl White, former director of Within Reach
  • Mark Secord, Neighborcare Health CEO

Questions:

  • What changes are in store for Medicaid and Medicare?
  • Are there any changes in Medicaid eligibility?
  • If I have Medicaid coverage in Washington state, but travel to or go to school in another state that did not expand Medicaid, am I covered?
  • Why are individuals still subject to a mandate but businesses get off the hook?
  • Will there be enough medical providers willing to accept Medicaid patients?

A huge part of the health care reform is expanding the federal health insurance program Medicaid. Qualifying for coverage is largely determined by how much money you make.

Our state's network of community and neighborhood clinics already sees and treats many of the people who will be eligible under the Medicaid expansion. In Washington, more than 300,000 uninsured could potentially qualify.

"Go to your nearest Community Health center and talk to the eligibility staff person there. They'll be geared up to sign you up for Medicaid or the subsidized insurance exchange if you don't qualify for Medicaid," said Mark Secord, Neighborcare Health CEO.

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