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Qualifying for Medicaid

Medicaid Eligibility for a Child With a Birth Injury

A child's eligibility for Medicaid, a health insurance program funded by the government, is based on the child, not his or her parents. That means that parents who may not individually qualify based on income can seek eligibility for a child who has suffered a debilitating birth injury.

Medicaid and State-Specific Health Insurance Programs

Medicaid qualification requirements for a child include:

  • Parents are U.S. citizens or lawful U.S. residents (with a five-year maximum for lawful U.S. residents)
  • A child who receives Supplemental Security Income OR
  • A child who otherwise qualifies through a state Medicaid agency

In addition to evaluating a child's Medicaid eligibility, it is important to consider the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Many states provide important benefits to children and families of children who have suffered a disability after a birth injury or birth trauma. Eligibility varies depending on the state, but the program generally offers benefits for prescription drugs and dental, vision and mental health coverage for qualified children. The state's Medicaid agency is the best resource for specific eligibility requirements.

For parents raising a child with a birth injury, it's critical to understand the options for help with health insurance and health care costs.

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The Birth Injury Team is a subsidiary of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., made up of experienced attorneys and medical professionals. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience handling birth injury cases. We are dedicated to helping parents understand their child's condition and guiding them through the process of securing the care and support they need.

To discuss your needs with one of our professionals, contact our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We serve clients across the United States.


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