In North Carolina, individuals under age 65 may be eligible for Medicaid if they are disabled according to the Social Security definition of disability. The aid program category is MAD (Medicaid Aid to the Disabled).
What is “disabled”?
Under Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act, disability is defined as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that is expected to result in death or which has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Am I eligible to apply for Medicaid?
To apply for Medicaid benefits, you must meet technical requirements. Generally speaking, if your current assets are less than $2,000 ($3,000 for a married couple), and you have very low or no current income, you will be eligible to apply. The home you live in and your most expensive vehicle do not count in your assets. Contact us for a free consultation – we’ll help you find out for sure if you are eligible to apply for Medicaid benefits.
What is the process for applying for Medicaid?
Much simpler than the SSA disability process, the Medicaid application is made in person at your county’s Department of Social Services. If we’re handling your SSA disability claim, we’ll help you with the process Medicaid process as well. Once your application is in, we’ll wait for your decision — almost always a denial. Our office will appeal your denial and ask for a hearing. A Hearings Officer from Raleigh will schedule your hearing at your local Department of Social Services office. We will gather medical evidence, prepare a written brief, and represent you at the hearing. If you are denied after the hearing, we will appeal and file a written argument to the Chief Hearings Officer.
What is the fee?
We charge a flat fee of $400 for representing your Medicaid claim but ONLY if we win your Medicaid and go on to win your SSA disability claim. You will owe NO ATTORNEY FEE unless and until your Medicaid and disability claims are approved. And there is never a fee for an initial consultation!