As you may already know, Medicaid is a government program that assists low-income individuals in paying for medically necessary medical services. The program runs on both state and federal funds. In Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the Medicaid program. Medicaid is not to be confused with Medicare, which is a federal health insurance program for aged and disabled individuals.
The application process is handled by DHS in the county were you live. Either you, a relative or friend can apply, but you must sign the application form and provide certain information about you and your family, including your income and the money and property you own. The county DHS office will determine whether you are eligible based on the information you provide.
When you visit the county DHS office, you should take with you proof of your age (e.g., birth certificate, driver’s license), pay stubs from everyone in your household who is employed, your social security card, proof of all sources of income, insurance policies and proof of any property or cash you own.
You can print a Medicaid Application Form from the Division of County Operations on the DHS website. When you click the link, the website opens in a new window. To return to this page, close the window. You will be asked to select your “primary care physician” or PCP at the time you apply.
What you need to know about Medicaid in Fayetteville Arkansas.
Once you are accepted into the program, you will be given a card to show your doctor or health care provider. Take care of your card, and keep it with you at all times. It makes it easier to get the care you need. Do not let others use your card, or you will lose it, and might even go to jail or be required to pay a fine.
Medicaid does not make payments for medical care and expenses to you directly. Instead, it pays the physicians, hospitals and other health care providers enrolled in the Medicaid program. Therefore, the health care provider will bill Medicaid for the services provided for you. However, always ask your doctor before they provide services to make sure they will bill Medicaid. Otherwise, you may have to pay for the services yourself. That is because physicians do not have to bill Medicaid, even when they are considered Medicaid providers. It is also important to know that Medicaid will not always pay all of your bills. In fact, adults on Medicaid are required to pay part of their medical care.