Securing and preserving public benefits are some of the most important needs of Project Guardianship clients
Not having benefits to support needs or the loss of benefits can lead to high-stakes crises and serious consequences — including for Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Medicare, SCRIE/DRIE (rent exemptions), SNAP (food stamps), Section 8 (housing), and Access-A-Ride, etc. Navigating the application and recertification processes for government benefits and entitlements is time-consuming and may require overcoming some application and bureaucratic hurdles.
Project Guardianship’s teams of benefits, case management, and legal and finance staff make sure that every client receives the full spectrum of benefits for which they are eligible.
Medicaid and Eligibility
Created in 1965, Medicaid is a public insurance program that provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, pregnant women, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Medicaid is funded jointly by the federal government and the states and is the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, covering over 70 million Americans.
Each state operates its own Medicaid program under federal guidelines. Because the federal guidelines are broad, states have a great deal of flexibility in designing and administering their programs. As a result, Medicaid programs (including eligibility and benefits) can vary widely from state to state.
Federal law requires states to provide mandatory coverage to certain eligible groups. Low-income families, qualified pregnant women and children, and individuals receiving SSI are examples.
Some states have expanded Medicaid programs to cover all people below certain income levels, and certain other groups. However, not all people with low-income are eligible for Medicaid.
Medicaid is sometimes confused with Medicare, the federally administered, federally funded health insurance program for people over 65 and some people with disabilities. There is overlap between the two programs: nearly 10 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.