Medicaid changes open door for more participation

With all the changes and controversy about the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act, one thing that sometimes seems lost in the discussion is Medicaid.

North Dakota was one of the states that opted to expand its Medicaid program to authorize new coverage options available starting in 2014. For the first time, a number of U.S. citizens younger than 65 with household incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level now qualify for Medicaid.

Medicaid Expansion opens the program to childless adults and low-income parents who, in general, were not previously eligible. And even if you have been turned down for Medicaid before, you may be eligible now.

If you are eligible, and if you apply, your health coverage can become effective as early as Jan. 1.

Enrollment for both Medicaid Expansion and the Health Insurance Marketplace began this past October. North Dakota is accepting applications for the Medicaid Expansion program online at https://apply.dhs.nd.gov/. You also can submit paper applications by mail, by phone at (877) 543-7669 — TTY users at (800) 366-6888 – or in person at a county social service office.

You can get more information at http://www.nd.gov/dhs/medicaidexpansion.

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