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How Long Does It Take To Transfer Medicaid Form Another State?

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There is no simple answer to this question, as it is heavily dependent on your personal circumstances and the particular rules governing Medicaid in your destination state. It is also important to make the distinction between Medicaid and Medicare. As it is a Federal program, Medicare should transfer within one or two weeks, if not automatically assuming proper notice to the relevant authorities has been given, with expenses incurred during that period repaid retroactively. Medicaid, on the other hand, is a state-specific program with distinct eligibility criteria. It will be necessary to re-apply in Texas, say, if you were moving from Oklahoma. Given the individual nature of each state’s Medicaid program, the best course of action is to speak to a social worker in your area for specific guidance as it applies to your destination state, and to do this before your move date so that you are fully equipped with the information beforehand. You will have to cancel your Medicaid benefits in your current state and reapply in your new one, however, so please do bear this in mind when you make your preparations to move. Eligibility will generally take 30-45 days to establish in the new state as soon as you physically move there and file your application, but again, this varies from place to place. Medicaid as a whole is a complex area of law, and a difficult program to understand, not least because of its constant evolution. This has been more pronounced than ever over the last few years, given the Obama administration’s efforts with reform. The key is preparation and communication " every state has Medicaid-trained counsellors and advisors that can assist you on a personal level, and who will be able to explain differing rules on coverage and eligibility as outlined here in this article.
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Depends onthe state.   Most have automatic transfer.   Some do not.   I know North Carolina and Florida have automatic transfer,   Colorado does not.

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