Could receiving federal disaster relief lose your Medicaid eligibility?

President Obama has declared portions of NY and NJ a federal disaster. In the wake of a natural disaster, most presidents have declared the areas national disasters. By doing this, the president allows a well-funded government agency known as FEMA to provide federal funds to the disastrous area. Housing, food and medical supplies and service are provided by FEMA. In some cases, FEMA will provide low monthly stipends for mortgages and rent.

Does this increased income violate a Medicaid recipients’ eligibility? NO! The federal government has provided an exception to income received in the wake of a natural disaster. So all the innocent victims in the north east, rest a little easier, any aid you receive from FEMA does not count as income. I know it is a small consolation. Being from NC, I have endured a number of hurricanes. Our prayers are with you.

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Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Compliance Litigator

Posted on October 30, 2012, in Medicaid. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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