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Anna was eligible for SSI and Medicaid while she was in the NICU because she was born under a certain weight, but like pp said, she became ineligible as soon as she got home. She only got $30 a month, but it was worth all the paperwork to have Medicaid cover what our insurance didn't.
DS qualified due to low birth weight. It was worth the visit to the SS office as well as all the paperwork as Medicaid ended up covering over $68,000 worth of medical bills that my insurance did not cover!
BostonKisses2 said: jacque_z:Is your LO currently in the NICU or out of the NICU but considered disabled? Otherwise, benefits are based on your income and the income limit is incredibly low. I know we didn't bother with the paperwork because the benefit was going to be $30/m while my LO was in the NICU.
jacque_z:Is your LO currently in the NICU or out of the NICU but considered disabled? Otherwise, benefits are based on your income and the income limit is incredibly low. I know we didn't bother with the paperwork because the benefit was going to be $30/m while my LO was in the NICU.
All of this. And when they're in the NICU, they have to qualify for the low birthweight portion to get coverage. Certain conditions/disabilities may, in theory, qualify you for benefits post-NICU, but if your income doesn't meet the requirements they'll deny you.
We didn't apply in the NICU because it wasn't worth it to us even though she qualified. We had to apply post-NICU after she got her CF dx and we were filling out the medicaid application, but were denied because we exceeded the income limit. Because you would apply for your child and LO is under age 18, household income is factored into the equation. At age 18 and above, it's based on the individual's income and household income isn't a factor.