Find out if you qualify for Pennsylvania’s medical assistance program by exploring the income limits and other requirements.
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What is Medical Assistance?
Medical Assistance (MA), also known as Medicaid, helps pay for medical care for eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. In Pennsylvania, the program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
There are several different types of MA coverage, each with its own set of eligibility requirements. For example, some MA programs only cover certain medical services, while others may provide comprehensive coverage.
To be eligible for MA, you must meet certain income and asset limits. The income limit depends on your family size and applies to both earned and unearned income (such as wages from a job or pension payments). The asset limit only applies to certain types of assets, such as bank accounts, investments, and real estate.
What are the income limits for PA Medical Assistance?
There are income limits for PA Medical Assistance, which is a health insurance program for low-income Pennsylvania residents. These income limits vary depending on the size of your household and your family’s financial situation.
How do I apply for PA Medical Assistance?
There are four ways to apply for Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program: online, by mail, in person at a county office, or by telephone.
You can apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/.
You can also print an application from the website and mail it to the address below. Be sure to include proof of your identity, income, resources, and any other required information.
Alternatively, you can apply in person at your local county office. You can find your county office’s contact information here: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/findaoffice/.
Finally, you can apply by telephone by calling 1-800-692-7462 (TTY: 1-800-451-5886).
What are the benefits of PA Medical Assistance?
Pennsylvania Medical Assistance provides health care coverage for low income individuals and families who meet certain eligibility requirements. Coverage includes a wide range of benefits, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, vision and dental care. Eligibility is based on income, age, disability status and other factors.
What are the different types of PA Medical Assistance?
There are three types of Pennsylvania Medical Assistance programs: full Medicaid, partial Medicaid, and CHIP.
Full Medicaid is available to adults age 19-64 with incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as well as pregnant women and children under age 19 with household incomes up to $3,293 per month for a family of four.
Partial Medicaid provides limited benefits to low-income adults over age 65 and low-income adults with disabilities who are not eligible for full Medicaid coverage. The income limit for partial Medicaid is $2,349 per month for an individual and $4,698 for a family of two.
CHIP provides health insurance coverage to low-income children under age 19 who are not eligible for full Medicaid benefits. The income limit for CHIP is $3,293 per month for a family of four.
What are the income limits for each type of PA Medical Assistance?
There are different income limits for each type of PA Medical Assistance.
-For Children: The income limit is based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For 2021, the limit is $51,040 for a family of four.
-For Parents and Caretakers: The income limit is 61% of the FPL, or $38,123 for a family of four in 2021.
-For Pregnant Women: The income limit is 133% of the FPL, or $80,660 for a family of four in 2021.
-For Adults without Children: The income limit is 100% of the FPL, or $51,040 for a family of four in 2021.
How often are the income limits for PA Medical Assistance updated?
The income limits for Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program are updated every year. For the most current information, visit the PA Department of Human Services’ website.
What other factors are considered when determining eligibility for PA Medical Assistance?
There are other factors besides income that may be considered when determining eligibility for PA Medical Assistance. These other factors can include but are not limited to:
-Certain medical expenses that are deducted from your income
-The size of your family
-Your assets or resources
What happens if my income changes and I no longer qualify for PA Medical Assistance?
If you are no longer eligible for PA Medical Assistance because your income has increased, you may be able to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace You may also be eligible for a premium tax credit to help pay for the cost of your insurance. For more information, please visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
Where can I get more information about PA Medical Assistance?
There are many ways to get more information about Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program. You can visit the program’s website, which provides general information about eligibility and benefits, as well as contact information for local offices. You can also call the program’s customer service line at 1-800-692-7462 (TTY: 1-800-451-5886).