Disabled individuals facing certain challenges should be familiar with both disability options and options that may help them with their health care needs. Medicaid is a health insurance program for low income individuals and individuals of limited resources that is both state and federally funded. Medicaid is available to disabled individuals, as well as aged individuals, the blind and children who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.
In Georgia, individuals who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are also eligible for Medicaid and the application for SSI benefits is the same as the application for Medicaid. Eligibility for Medicaid begins the same month as eligibility for SSI. To qualify for Medicaid, the applicant must have been eligible to receive SSI for at least one month, be disabled, meet all additional eligibility rules, need Medicaid to work and meet certain other requirements.