Beginning as early as January, 2016, low income Montanans will have access to affordable health insurance plans through the Health and Economic Livelihood Program (HELP) –timing is dependent on federal approval of the waiver.
The plan covers the following essential health benefits:
- Doctor, hospital, and emergency services
- Prescription drugs
- Dental care
- Vision care
- Laboratory and x-ray services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Rehabilitative services and supplies
- Transportation to appointments
To be eligible, you must be 19-64 years old, a Montana resident not enrolled or qualified for Medicare and must not be pregnant when applying. Income requirements are $16,000 per year for a single person or $33,000 for a family of four. For eligibility and tax credit information go to the Get Covered Calculator: http://covermt.org/get-covered/
- Resources for help in enrollment: http://healthygallatin.org/blog/open-enrollment-2016/
- For more information go to: http://dphhs.mt.gov/medicaidexpansion
- The program is more than just health care, it’s designed to improve the economic prospects for those enrolled. For those enrolled in Medicaid, the bill also helps develop new skills and find work.