Pay-In Spend Down for Medicaid Coverage

Pay-In Spend Down for Medicaid Coverage

Last updated: December 2009

What is the Pay-In Spend down program?

The Pay-In Spend down program lets you pay your Spend down amount in order to qualify for medicaid. You pay this amount instead of sending in your medical bill receipts, which you normally do in the Spend down program. You can also do a combination where you send in your medical bill receipts and then pay the rest of your Spend down amount.  

Am I eligible for the Pay-In Spend down program?

In general, Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) community MANG clients qualify for the Pay-In Spend down program. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, you should talk with the Illinois Department of Human Services ("IDHS"). See Pay-In Spend down, or call the IDHS Health Benefits Hotline: (800)-226-0768.

How much do I have to pay?

The amount you have to pay is your Spend down amount and will vary depending on how much your income or assets are above the medicaid limits.

What are the benefits of the Pay-In Spend down program?

The Pay-In Spend down program may help you by:

  • allowing you to pay ahead of time to make sure you receive your medicaid card at the beginning of the month;
  • letting you choose for which months you get a medicaid card;
  • not making you keep track of bills and receipts, and then send them to your case worker.
     

For more information on this program, see Pay-In Spend-down, or call the Department of Human Services Health Benefits Hotline: (800)-226-0768.

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