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Alabama ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance Program

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What You Need To Know

Alabama ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance is a low-cost health insurance program initiated by the state of Alabama for children under 19 years of age. The benefit program provides healthcare coverage to the teenagers of Alabama to help them stay healthy with regular medical checkups and getting the necessary medical treatments when they are sick or got injured.

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) manages the ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance Program and the eligibility criterion is set for the families 300% lower than the Federal Poverty Level. There are various health care plans, some of which includes co-payments or families can opt for income-based premiums. The eligibility slots and plans have been designed in a way that everyone with various income levels can afford the healthcare benefits, no matter what they are earning and their current financial situation.

The ALL Kids program is offered in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) and children are provided medical care through preferred provider network from the first date of the month when the application is approved. Amongst the various benefits the Alabama ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance program includes, here are some:

  • Regular Medical Checkups
  • Immunization
  • Doctor visit
  • Dental care
  • Eyecare
  • Prescriptions
  • Hospitalization
  • Mental health
  • And substance abuse services

Is Your Child Eligible?

Alabama ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance program has been set up for uninsured children below the age of 19. These children belong to families whose income is higher than the Medicaid eligibility set level, but are lower than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Children must be:

  • Under the age of 19
  • S. citizen or eligible immigrant
  • Not be covered by other insurance
  • Not covered by Medicaid

For verification purposes, that the child is eligible for the program, the annual household income of the family is considered. The annual earnings before any tax deductions need to be in line with the set guidelines. Therefore, the income of the family must be either less than or equal to the following amounts. The table outlines the annual figures as well as the household size associated with it.

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 $38,230
2 $51,481
3 $64,731
4 $77,982
5 $91,233
6 $104,483
7 $117,734
8 $130,984

 

Households may contain more than eight members. An additional amount of $13,251 is added per person if family size is more than eight.

How To Apply?

A person can apply for Alabama ALL Kids-Children’s Health Insurance program through various channels. The application can either be submitted to an online portal, through fax or through a print form. The variety of these channels ensures that interested individuals carry out their procedure in the most suitable method. They can choose the one that proves most helpful for them and accordingly process the application form.

  • Families can submit the application through an online portal. It is available in an easy format and should take less than an hour to fill and submit. You must be provided with the necessary information before starting to fill the application. You must pen down the accurate date of birth of the child with SSN. You are also required to provide the information about the current insurance coverage if any.
  • Families can Fax the print application to (334) 206-3783
  • Or mail the application to:

ALL Kids

P.O. Box 304839

Montgomery, AL

36130-4839

 

For Further Information?

If you feel to ask any question during the application filling process or after that, you can directly call to the Toll-free number: 1-888-373-Kids (5437). Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has also provided an online form to submit your inquiry through email. By providing a few basic information, such as, name, phone number and email address, you can submit the online form and someone would contact back during regular business hours.

 

Alabama, Healthcare,

Alabama Medicaid

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What You Need To Know

The Medicaid program in Alabama was established by the federal government and the state of Alabama in 1970. The objective of Medicaid is to provide free health care services to people from low-income housing belonging to the underprivileged background. The aim is to improve the health conditions of the poverty-stricken peoples of Alabama.

The Alabama Medicaid provides various health care services to individuals including;

  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Parents
  • Guardians/caretaker relatives
  • Senior citizens
  • Parents with no dependent kids
  • Disabled people

Services Covered By The Program

The following are the services that the Alabama Medicaid provides;

  • Eye care services which include providing eye check-up and eyeglasses
  • Dental services which include dental check-ups and teeth cleaning every 6 months for individuals who are younger than 21 years of age.
  • Family planning services
  • Medical check-ups
  • Hearing services
  • Laboratory services and x-rays
  • Maternity services
  • Childcare and home health care services
  • Drug prescriptions

Are You Eligible?

It is mandatory for the applicant to be a US national with permanent and legal citizenship and most importantly a residence of the state of Alabama to apply for the Alabama Medicaid program. Your eligibility is automatically cancelled out if you lack any of the above-mentioned requirements. The applicant must also be either pregnant, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, be responsible for children under 19 years of age, or be 65 years of age or older.

The agencies that look into the Alabama Medicaid program look for certain resources to determine a candidate’s eligibility for the program including:

  • Assets/Resources ( bonds, funds, property, credit union accounts, etc)
  • Size of the household
  • Total income of the household per annum before taxes
  • Age of the candidate
  • Medical requirements of the candidate

The total annual household income before taxes should not exceed by,

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 16612
2 22491
3 28369
4 34248
5 40127
6 46005
7 51884
8 57762

An amount of $5878is added per person if the total size of the household exceeds 8 members. The above information is subjected to change from time to time, that’s why it is advisable to visit a managing agency in your area to help you get your hands on the latest and up-to-date information and program guidelines. This will help you understand the terms and policies of the program and help make the application process easy.

The eligibility for the Alabama Medicaid program can also be checked by going to the Alabama Medicaid official website. In order to check your eligibility, you need to provide the information including your citizenship status, household size/income.

How To Apply?

There are many ways to apply for the Alabama Medicaid program you can either,

Apply Online: The application form for the Alabama Medicaid program can be filled out online. To fill the form please visit the Apply for Medicaid website. The website contains thorough information about the application procedure of various health care benefits that are provided under the AL Medicaid program. It is important to make your account on the online website portal before applying for the program. It is a user-friendly portal and makes the whole process of applying easy and quick.

To make the application procedure easy the website also contains “Frequently Asked Questions” section and videos to guide the applicants to correctly fill the application form.

The applicants can also visit the Alabama official Marketplace to see if they qualify for the Medicaid. The Marketplace was established to provide the healthcare benefits to citizens of across various states of the United States of America who are otherwise not able to do so. You can also find information related to the Affordable Healthcare Act on the website.

Apply By Calling: Individuals interested in the Alabama Medicaid program can apply via phone by calling this toll free number, 1-800-362-1504 and asking for the application form, which can either be mailed or emailed to you. By calling the above number, one gets to talk to highly qualified members of staff who can answer any queries you might have regarding the Alabama Medicaid program.

Interested individuals or families can also apply for the Alabama Medicaid through phone and the application form will be delivered to them via email. To apply to call the toll free number 1-800-362-1504.

Apply Through Local District Office: You can visit the Medicaid Office Locations page to find an office near your house in order to make personal application. After finding a nearby office, you can visit it to get one-on-one guidance regarding the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama, Food Stamps,

Alabama Food Assistance Program (SNAP)

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What you need to know

The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as the Food Stamp Program is build and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In Alabama SNAP comes under the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) whose task is to efficiently run the program. It was founded with the goal of alleviating hunger problems in the low-income household of the state.

The Alabama Supplement Assistance Program works toward providing the citizens of Alabama a healthy and nutritious diet. Another goal of the program is to develop an environment where people are educated about food preparation and nutrition and its role towards leading a healthy life. The selected individuals are provided with EBT cards similar to an ATM card which they can use to buy food. The cards can only be used in local food stores that accept the EBT food stamps and are approved by the state. Besides that, there are certain items that cannot be bought using the EBT card like,

  • Diapers for babies
  • Hot food
  • Food eaten in the stores ( exception can be made for elderly or disabled individuals)
  • Any kind of liquor
  • Cosmetic items
  • Live animals
  • Cigarettes and non-food items
  • Medicines

The Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Alabama Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it is vital for the applicant to be a citizen of the state of Alabama. The state reviews your application based on your household size and your annual household income. Therefore, to be eligible the total gross income should be either equal or less than,

 Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 16237
2 21983
3 27729
4 33475
5 39221
6 44967
7 50713
8 56459

If the size of the household is greater than 8 members, an addition of $5746 per member is considered. The information provided here can change at times therefore; a good step will be to contact your local managing agencies. It will help you understand the program policies and guidelines more accurately.

Families that are on other need-based public programs might also be considered for the Alabama Supplement Assistance Program.

SNAP Pre-Screening Tool

You can also check your eligibility for the Alabama Supplemental Assistance Program using the “SNAP pre-screening tool”. The tool tells you if you are eligible for the program based on your household gross income level per year. It does not, in any way implies that you will get the benefit but only gives you an idea based on the information you provide. The pre-screening test takes into account the following informations:

  • Household income
  • VA and social security payments
  • . Utility bill
  • Rent
  • Mortgages
  • Earnings of the individual or family members
  • Child support expenses
  • Medical expenses  in case of the senior citizens

The amount of the benefit received by each household through the CT SNAP program might vary depending on the need. Families with much lower income will receive a large amount to properly afford a sufficient diet.

There Alabama State provides its citizens with several other benefit programs therefore; it is advisable to look up those programs that are offered in your region.

How To Apply

The applications for Alabama Food Assistance program (SNAP) are submitted to the County Department Human Resources (DHR) office where they are processed and applicants are shortlisted. You can visit the nearby DHR office in your county to get a better understanding of the process and submit the application.

Another easy way to file the application is through the online portal for that please visit the MyAlabama.gov website. You must first sign up for the online account on the portal, once you make an account you can then complete your application. This makes the whole application process less daunting while speeding it up.

Visit  County Office Contact Lookup  to find a food stamp office in your locality. In case of any queries related to the application process please visit the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources Food Stamp Application.

Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project (AESAP)

If the minimum age of everyone in your household is 60 or above and not working you are eligible to apply for the Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project (AESAP). It is designed to ease up the  Food Assistance Program application process for the older citizens of the state. For further information about AESAP kindly call 1-800-438-295.

Other than that, you can also visit the MyAlabama Food and Nutrition Assistance or Alabama Food Assistance Division websites to improve your understanding of the program.

 

 

 

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Alabama, Housing,

Alabama Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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What You Need To Know

The Alabama Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps individual or families with low-income with paying their energy bills. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which provide money to the state of Alabama and the local community agencies in the state through a block grant program.

There are different agencies that work to administer the LIHEAP program including the Salvation Army, community agencies, and various social service offices. In Alabama, it is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Program Objectives

The main objective of the program is helping people from underprivileged backgrounds with low-incomes to be able to afford necessities of life. Through the program, people can afford to keep their power on during hot Alabama season and when the weather is freezing cold during the winters. The assistance is provided on both regular basis and also as crisis grants to the residence of Alabama.

The Alabama Low-Income Home Assistance Program provides supports through;

  • Utility bill payments
  • Energy crisis grants
  • Any kind of  energy-related home repair assistance
  • Weatherproofing of the house
  • Assistance at times of emergency energy need

The selected households and individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are provided with a credit payment directly applied to their utility expenses per month.

Eligibility Criteria

To be able to qualify for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) the applicant needs to be a permanent and legal resident of the state of Alabama. You must need assistance in paying your utility bills.  Your eligibility is assessed on two important factors;

  • Gross income ( per year)
  • Household size

The table below provides a detailed understanding of the household size and the maximum gross income which should be either equal or less than,

Size Of The Household Maximum Annual Income Level ($)
1 18735
2 25365
3 31995
4 38625
5 45255
6 51885
7 58515
8 65145

If there are more than 8 members in the house than an amount of $6630 is added for each additional member. It is also important to check with the local agencies that manage the program and can give you the exact and the most current information regarding the Alabama LIHEAP program.

You can also visit the Alabama LIHEAP official website to check whether you are eligible for the program. The procedure is simple, you need to answer some questions related to your

  • Gross income
  • Household size
  • Whether or not you are receiving any other kind of  assistance from the state

In case you or any of your family member are receiving benefits from any other kind of program like the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or any need-based benefit for Veterans then there are chances of you being automatically selected for the Alabama LIHEAP program.

How To Apply

The applicants are required to have all the important documents with them at the time of applying, they will need a copy of their,

  • Utility bills including electricity, gas, heating, and cooling, propane, and others
  • The income of all the household members working at the time

The applicants can submit the application form for the Alabama LIHEAP program along with all the documentation and certifications that might be required through the non-profit agency in their Alabama County.

In order to apply please get in touch with the Community Action Agency in your area using the Community Action Association of Alabama’s Agency Finder website. Other ways to receive the application form is through online or by mail. Once you get in touch with your agency they will guide you on how to apply and all the documents and attestation that might be needed.

It is important to note that any assistance in the form of cash that you might get from the program goes directly to your respected energy provider or utility company.

For Further Information

In the case of further details or any extra information that you might require, please visit the official website page of the Alabama Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to learn more about the program and its requirements related to the application process and eligibility criteria. Other than that, the applicants can also learn about the Alabama LIHEAP policies by calling 334-242-4909.

By checking the official website you can get a better understanding of the program policies and guidelines which will make it easy to apply for the Alabama LIHEAP program. Keeping in mind the deadline is another important thing so that your household is not deprived of the benefits provided by the program.