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How can I apply for healthcare assistance?

Every healthcare assistance program has its own eligibility standards. When you contact a program, ask what the program requires to be eligible to obtain services. Some programs may have requirements concerning income, asset limits, health insurance coverage, and immigration status. Other programs may only require a referral from your doctor.

When you apply for a healthcare assistance program, let your doctor's office know what is required from them in order for you to qualify for benefits. For example, the assistance program may require verification of your health condition or current medical need from the doctor's office.

After your doctor agrees to provide medical information to the assistance program, you may need to follow up with your doctor's office to make certain that this happens within the timeframe the benefit program requires for eligibility.

If there is a delay in obtaining the required paperwork from your doctor's office, try bringing the program forms to a meeting with the doctor. If appropriate, fill in the general information portions of the form, such as your name and address, to make things easier for your doctor. If you have concerns about getting the required medical information submitted to the benefit program on time, ask one of your healthcare team members, such as a nurse or social worker, to help with this process.

When you qualify for benefits through a healthcare assistance program, find out when the services will start or if there is a waiting period. You may need to identify other ways to temporarily meet your medical needs if there will be a delay before benefits begin.

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