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Income and Medicaid eligibility

Most Georgia residents rely on an income in order to pay their bills and to provide for their families. Oftentimes, their incomes come from their wages, commissions, tips and other pay from the work that they perform. However, individuals may have other sources of income that can affect his or her eligibility for Medicaid.

Medicaid determinations are often based on individuals' incomes, and for Medicaid-based computational purposes, "income" refers to modified adjusted gross income. Modified adjusted gross income is a person's adjusted gross income plus any tax-exempt interest, Social Security income, untaxed foreign wages and other possible sources of income. Medicaid will generally look at the types of income that a person may have access to for self-sustenance. If that level of income is too high, they may not be eligible for Medicaid.

In some situations, a person whose income exceeds the set level for Medicaid eligibility may be able to receive Medicaid benefits through an exemption. Certain medical conditions such as blindness may avail a person to Medicaid eligibility. Similarly, age, such as being over 65, and disability, which is similar to that recognized for Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration, may serve as exemptions for individuals who are otherwise unqualified to receive Medicaid based on their incomes.

Readers of this post are reminded that Medicaid rules can change and that unlike Medicare, Medicaid is administered by the state. In order to plan for one's Medicaid eligibility, it is important that they receive case-specific support from legal professionals who practice Medicaid law. This post is informational in content and should not be used by its readers as specific legal advice.

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