People with disabilities have access to publicly funded medical coverage through Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid covers people with low income and resources. People with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) automatically qualify for Medicaid. There are many other ways to qualify.
Below are resources regarding information on the Medicaid program:
2. MDHHS Assistance Handbook (SEE pages 4-10)
3. MDHHS Medicaid Website
There are several different types of Medicaid plans. One of those plans is the Healthy Michigan Plan. You can contact your local MDHHS office to fill out an application. Find your local MDHHS Office.
In some cases, you may have to pay for some services in advance before you can receive Medicaid. This is called a deductible or spenddown. The deductible form can be found here. In other cases, you may qualify for a Medicaid Waiver. Two common ones are the MI Choice Waiver and the Children’s Waiver program. These waivers provide enhanced services but may not be available for everyone. Additional resources: Children’s Special Health Care Services
Protect Your Rights
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) put a halt on Medicaid terminations. Now that the public health emergency is officially ending, MDHHS will have to review thousands of files to determine whether the individual or household are still eligible for Medicaid. Below are some steps you must take to make certain that your rights are protected in this process.
- Be sure your address, phone number, and email address are up to date.
- Always report any changes in your household or income.
The best way to update your information is online at Michigan.gov/MIBridges. You can also call your local MDHHS office. Visit the MDHHS County Office webpage to find your local office information at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/inside-mdhhs/county-offices
If you do not have an online account for MI Bridges to access your Medicaid case or report changes, visit www.michigan.gov/mibridges to sign up for a MI Bridges account. If you already have a MI Bridges account, creating new accounts will limit the information you can see. We strongly suggest using your original account if you are the Head of Household.
Remember! Head of Households can see case information and report changes to the case information. If you are not Head of Household, you will only be able to see resource information.
If you get a renewal packet, be sure to fill it out, sign the forms, and send them by the due date with any proof needed. If you do not complete your renewal, you may lose your Medicaid coverage. If MDHHS completes a review and you no longer qualify, you should contact Disability Rights Michigan to discuss your rights.
If you feel your rights have been violated when applying or getting services through Medicaid, you may file for a local appeal. If the appeal is denied you may file for Medicaid State Fair Hearing. More information about filing an appeal and Medicaid State Fair Hearings can be found here: