Information on applying for Medicaid (Affordable Health

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a joint federal and state health program that provides health coverage to families with low income, qualified pregnant women and children, and persons who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

States, following federal guidelines, administer Medicaid programs and are given the option to expand Medicaid coverage. For example, states may provide Medicaid coverage to individuals who are receiving home and community-based services, children in foster care, and adults with income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The 2021 FPL is $12,880 for individuals and $17,420 for a family of two.

What You Should Know About How to Qualify and Apply for Medicaid 

One in five people in the U.S. receives free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid, a joint federal and state program administered by individual states under federal guidelines. Each state has different rules about who qualifies for Medicaid and how to apply.

You can apply for Medicaid anytime and must have documented proof of eligibility, including citizenship, residence, age, income and resources, and medical expenses or disability. Eligibility redeterminations are conducted regularly. If you qualify, you can have both Medicare and Medicaid.

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution program
There is no time like the present where the need for Distance and Virtual Communication is a vital and necessary addition to the health, safety and quality of life for so many people.  The TED program can help those who are deaf, hard of hearing, live without speech or have a speech impairment receive equipment and training in order to connect with people/business/medical offices outside of their home.  iPhones, iPADS, Amplified Phones, Captel/TTY relay phones, and Adapted Landline phones (including infrared for use with some SGDs) are examples of what is available.  Training is provided virtually or in the home.  Training is always free and equipment is often free as determined by sliding scale.

TED is run out of the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DSHS. TED can help put adaptive telephones or iDevices with telecommunication and speech apps into the hands of your clients who are are unable to use a standard telephone due to their hearing/speech qualifier. 

PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities