Why Medical Assistance (MA):
If you are the guardian of a child with a learning, physical, or mental health disability, it may be financially overwhelming to find the means to pay for medical bills or necessities. Medical Assistance is a health insurance program for children who are disabled or are from low-income families. Children who are considered disabled by the state can apply for medical assistance, regardless of family income through the "loophole".
A child with a disability may have MA and private insurance such as a parent/guardian's insurance obtained through their workplace. The MA will serve as a secondary insurance if the parent/guardian has private insurance. If MA is the child's only medical coverage, the family can use MA to pay for diapers (if the child is over six), the dentist, the eye doctor, prescriptions, related therapies, as well as public mental health services. There are no annual or lifetime caps that are often imposed by other insurance plans. It includes services that are rarely covered by employer provided insurance such as the following:
Upon receiving official documentation of a disability, the process to apply for medical assistance begins. The process starts at your local assistance office. MA is available for any disabled child, despite the income of the guardian. However, if a child receives survival benefits they may not be eligible for the program.
Will my child qualify?
Children with disabilities may qualify for Medical Assistance, regardless of their parent's income. Here are some basic rules:
Application Process for Medical Assistance after applying for SSI
4. Consider hand-delivering the application (even those filled out on the computer) to one of the addresses below:
Bucks County Assistance Office
Bucks County Office Center
1214 New Rodgers Rd
Bristol, PA 19007-2593
215-781-3300 or toll free 1-800-362-1291
5. For assistance in completing the MA application you may call or visit the Free Clinic of Doylestown located on the first floor of the Doylestown Hospital.
Free Clinic of Doylestown-Doylestown Hospital
1-800-462-0819 Select option #2 and then ask to speak to someone about MA
Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm6. You may obtain an application packet using one of the following methods:
-apply online at www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass
-call or visit the Bucks County Assistance Office listed above
-send an email containing your name and address along with a request for an MA packet to the following (please be advised that you will receive your application through the mail but you will not receive a confirmation email):
For further assistance, you may call the Medical Assistance hotline 1-800-842-2020