The medical card enables low-income or zero-income families to receive the health care they need through government programs. Each region has different income qualifications, but the card does enable recipients to get the health care necessary for day-to-day life.
A medical card provides a variety of benefits for low-income families. The medical card provides health care and prescriptions either at no cost or wither very low per-visit copayments.
The card also helps pay for most types of emergency room visits, although there may be a co-payment required, depending on the type of program you are enrolled in. For families who do not have health care insurance, are our of work, or especially single mothers, the medical card enables them to afford medical care that they may not have been able to pay for themselves. The medical card is also available to immigrants who come to the United States to work, but they must present their green card or a work visa to show their legal status within the states.
How to Apply:
Families who have little or no income should contact their area Human Service or Community Action agencies to find out how to apply for a medical card in their county. All areas have different requirements that allow individuals and families to become eligible for the medical card. Most of the programs are based on the amount of income that a family or individual has. Those who wish to apply should contact their Human Services or Community Action agencies and bring proof of their monthly income, and even medical bills within at least the past six months (if applicable). All family members and individuals will need copies of their Social Security cards, as well. Those who are applying should also be ready to present any bank statements, such as savings or checking, to show proof of any assets that they may have.
What the Medical Card Can Do:
The medical card is a solution for low-income families to help their children receive checkups, school physicals or immunizations. It also helps young, single pregnant mothers receive the prenatal care necessary to give birth to healthy babies. Those who are disabled or are receiving Social Security benefits can get a discount on needed prescriptions.
*Medical cards are usually good for up to one year. Families and individuals must reapply every year....
Resources by state:
See the following page on govbenefits.gov for information by state...