Where do I go to apply for
|Next we should talk about applying for Medicaid. There are many
important things that parents need to know when deciding whether to apply
The first of which is:
You can apply for Medicaid
at your county social service agency or at a number of hospitals, clinics
and outstation sites. There are also numerous sites that operate the W-2
program at which you can apply. The law requires that a Medicaid application
must be taken at the time you request it. If you go to one of these
Medicaid application sites, you should not be sent from one agency to another.
Call the Medicaid Recipient
Hotline at 800-362-3002 for more information about the Medicaid application
What do I need when I
apply for Medicaid, you must bring certain papers. This is called
verification. You will be given a date by which to bring them in. Some examples of what
you may need to apply for Medicaid:
If you have trouble getting
all these papers, your caseworker must help you get them. You cannot be
denied Medicaid because you cannot get the verification. However, you can
be denied if you refuse to provide them.
Proof of income (e.g., check
Proof of assets (e.g., bank
statement, value of car, etc.) This is not required for BadgerCare, Healthy
Start or the OBRA Kids programs.
Social Security card
Two forms of identification
(e.g., picture ID, Social Security card, birth certificate, etc.)
Proof of residence (e.g., utility,
telephone bills or a rent receipt)
How long will it take
me to get Medicaid?
The law says that the county
agency must process your application for Medicaid within 30 days. If you
are approved for Medicaid you will get a medical card in the mail. If you
are denied Medicaid, you must be sent a notice of denial with information
about your right to request a fair hearing.
Your medical card will be changing sometime this year. By the end of
1999 all Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin should get a medical card that
is a plastic card like a credit card. In Wisconsin, this card will be called
the Forward card. It will be valid for as long as you remain eligible for
Medicaid. You will not get a paper medical card every month, as you now
do. You will get one card for each member of your family. If there is going
to be a change in your eligibility for Medicaid, you will receive a notice
in the mail. Make sure you read these notices carefully. Contact your caseworker
if you believe that your Medicaid was wrongfully terminated or denied.
You can also request a fair hearing. See
A FAIR HEARING
If you lose your card,
call the Medicaid Recipient Hotline at 800-362-3002 for a replacement card.