Inactive or Unemployed RN,Is it ok to apply medicaid?

  1. I am unemployed for 8 years attending to family's obligation as my priority.I'm in my 50's now and healthwise have high blood pressure, and needs to be seen by doctor.
    My hubby had medicare and I don't have insurance. I need a medical assistance which for now I cannot afford.MY question is this.
    I have an RN license, will it not be affected if I applied for a medicaid assistance?This is only good until I can get a job this year,which I am already preparing to take a refresher course and land a job with a good luck!

    I know the stigma of having this assistance but I have no other means of making myself medically taken cared of.
    Would like to hear from those who have ideas on this area.
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  3. by   poppycat
    If you have medical problems that need to be treated, you have to do whatever you can to make that happen. Being on Medicaid will not affect your nursing license. I know this because I was on Social Security Disability for about 10 years & also had Medicaid for a few years during that time. Fortunately, the condition that necessitated disability resolved enough that I was able to return to work as an RN 10 years ago.
  4. by   nursel56
    I don't think it will have any effect on your RN license, but Medicaid is administered through your state. You might want to check your state's Dept of Healthcare Services and/or Dept of Social Services where they might have an online application process designed to take you through each step where they ask lots of eligibility questions that may vary from one state to the next.

    I also found this Benefit Finder - a federal govt form which probably will refer you to your state if the program is administered through them.

    Best wishes to you!
  5. by   merlee
    Medicaid is an income-based supplement that has nothing to do with your occupation/license. Apply for ALL of the services you may need. No one ever needs to know at the nursing board in your state, or at any facility you apply to for a job.

    Best wishes.
  6. by   charr-RN
    Thanks all for your replies,it gave me peace of mind.
    I'll go ahead and apply online.I tried my best to keep myself healthy
    but my constant headaches points to HBP.I cannot self medicate myself also
    without seeing a doctor.
    Thanks again.
  7. by   BlueLightRN
    You are a person just like everyone else and are certainly entitled to applying for and being considered for all public benefits any other person is allowed to.
  8. by   charr-RN
    Just to make an update of this:
    I applied but was denied for reason of :Income is too high to qualify for this program.
    Our income is just the SS benefits my husband is receiving and it only covers our mortgage.
    For now, my best move is to do my refresher course so I can start job hunting and think of other remedies.
    Anyway, it's good to know that anyone can apply for this public assistance.
    Thanks everyone for your replies.
  9. by   nursel56
    Best wishes to you charr-RN!