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Bridges4Kids LogoKinship Caregivers May Receive Medicaid
Gongwer News Service, August 26, 2003
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Low-income grandparents and other relatives living with and caring for non-birth children may be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits as the result of a federal court order in a case brought by kinship caregivers.

Eligible non-parent caretaker relatives may benefit from new rules under the Departments of Community Health and the Family Independence Agency. Family caretakers denied Medicaid coverage before September 1, 1999, may now be eligible to receive benefits.

Under the new rules, less of a caregiver's income will be counted when determining Medicaid eligibility. Under previous rules, caregivers could not receive the same deductions from income as a child's actual parents. Deductions are based on the number of children the caregiver is parenting.

Caretakers not eligible for Medicaid may still qualify for help paying for past medical bills or paying for high medical bills in the future, depending on individual circumstances, department officials said. 

   

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