Children’s Medical Assistance: What You Need to Know

Children’s Medical Assistance provides health insurance for low-income children and families. Here’s what you need to know about this important program.

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1. What is Children’s Medical Assistance?

Children’s Medical Assistance (CMA) is a state-sponsored program that provides health insurance to low-income children in Minnesota. CMA covers medical and dental care, as well as some behavioral health services.

In order to be eligible for CMA, a child must meet the following criteria:
-Be under the age of 19
-Be a resident of Minnesota
-Have a family income that is at or below 133% of the federal poverty level

2. What are the eligibility requirements for Children’s Medical Assistance?

In order to be eligible for Children’s Medical Assistance, a child must be under the age of 19, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and have a family income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. In addition, the child must be uninsured or have only limited health insurance coverage.

3. How do I apply for Children’s Medical Assistance?

There are a few different ways to apply for Children’s Medical Assistance, depending on your situation.

If you have children under the age of 19, you can either:
-Fill out and submit an online form on the Department of Human Services website
-Complete a paper application and submit it by mail or fax
-Visit your local Department of Human Services office to complete an application in person

If you are pregnant, you can either:
-Fill out and submit an online form on the Department of Human Services website
-Complete a paper application and submit it by mail or fax
-Visit your local Department of Human Services office to complete an application in person

4. What are the benefits of Children’s Medical Assistance?

Children’s Medical Assistance provides coverage for a range of medical services for children. These services may include doctor visits, hospital stays, prescriptions, vision and dental care, and more. The program also covers some preventive care services, such as immunizations.

5. How long does Children’s Medical Assistance last?

Children’s Medical Assistance (CMA) pays for medical care for eligible children through age 18, or up to age 19 if they are still attending high school. CMA does not pay for long-term care or services provided in a hospital.

CMA covers doctor visits, immunizations, prescriptions, vision and hearing care, mental health and substance abuse services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, laboratory and x-ray services, and much more.

6. What happens if my child no longer qualifies for Children’s Medical Assistance?

If your child no longer qualifies for Children’s Medical Assistance, you will be notified. You will have the opportunity to appeal this decision. If you have questions, please contact your case worker.

7. How do I renew my child’s Children’s Medical Assistance?

To renew your child’s Children’s Medical Assistance, you will need to complete an application and submit it to your local county office. You can find the application online or at your local county office. Once you have submitted the application, a county worker will contact you to set up an appointment for an in-person interview.

8. What other resources are available to help pay for my child’s medical expenses?

There are a few other places you can look for help to pay for your child’s medical expenses. Some pharmaceutical companies have assistance programs for families who cannot afford the cost of their medications. Also, many hospitals have social workers who can help you find resources to pay for care. You can also check with your state’s children’s health insurance program or Medicaid office to see if your family qualifies for assistance.

9. What should I do if I have questions about Children’s Medical Assistance?

You may contact your case worker if you have questions about your child’s eligibility for medical assistance or if you have questions about the services that are available to your family. You may also contact the Iowa Department of Human Services at 1-800-362-2178 if you have questions about the Children’s Medical Assistance program.

10. Where can I find more information about Children’s Medical Assistance?

The best way to find more information about Children’s Medical Assistance is to contact your state or territory’s social services department. Social service departments can provide you with information about how to apply for Children’s Medical Assistance, what medical services are covered, and how to use your benefits.

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