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You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for medical assistance. If an item below is not required for a program a DHHS District Office worker will inform you at the time of application.

elderlyGeneral Requirements

Citizenship Status/Immigration: You must be either a US citizen or be a qualified alien. There are some emergency medical services available for certain non-qualified aliens. Contact a DHHS District Office for more information.

Residency: You must live in New Hampshire, intend to remain in New Hampshire and not be getting medical assistance from another state.

Age: You must be a certain age for some programs. If a program has an age limit, you must meet the age limit.

Social Security Number: For medical assistance programs, each individual requesting assistance must furnish a social security number or proof of an application for a social security number.

Financial Eligibility

Financial requirements are broken into two parts: income and resources. Every program counts income to determine eligibility but not every program counts resources. If a program counts resources, you must meet the program's resource requirements as well as the income requirements to be eligible for the program.

Household Income: Most kinds of income for all members of your household are counted when we determine your eligibility for medical assistance. Some examples of counted income are:

  • Wages
  • Self-employment income
  • Rental income
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Veterans Benefits

We do not count all of your income because we subtract certain expenses from your total income. Please see the DFA Net Monthly Income Limits Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for the specific income requirements for the various programs.

Household Resources:

Resources owned by all household members are considered to determine eligibility. Examples of resources are cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, some vehicles, permanently unoccupied real estate and some trusts. We do not count certain resources such as the home you live in, your furniture and some vehicles. Please see the DFA Program Fact Sheet Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for the specific resource requirements for the various programs.

Potential Income: You must explore and apply for all potential sources of income. For example, you must apply for the following benefits if you are potentially eligible for them:

  • Social Security Benefits
  • Retirement Benefits or Pensions
  • Unemployment or Worker's Compensation
  • Third-Party Medical Coverage
  • VA Benefits (including Aid and Attendance)
  • Disability Benefits or Pensions
  • Contributions from any Liable Third Party

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