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Ocean County Board of Social Services

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Medicaid programs pay medical bills for low-income individuals who qualify for assistance. All payments are made directly to the providers of medical and other health-care services.

Breast And Cervical Cancer Program
(732) 349-1500

This program provides full Medicaid benefits to uninsured individuals under the age of 65 who have been diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer and who are in need of treatment. As part of the eligibility requirement for this program, individuals must be screened through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Once an individual is determined eligible for this program, they continue to be eligible, without regard to changes in their financial circumstances, until they no longer require cancer treatment. As long as an individual is eligible, they are entitled to receive all Medicaid-covered services from a Medicaid-participating provider.

Burial Assistance Program
(732) 349-1500

Federal, state, and county funding enables the Board to provide burial assistance for Ocean County residents who had been recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid Only, New Jersey FamilyCare (NJFC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medically Needy, General Assistance (GA), and Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Payment is made directly to funeral homes.

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, And Treatment (EPSDT)

New Jersey FamilyCare (NJFC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, whose children are under age 21, are informed of special preventive health services available through Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT). Recipients participating in well-child yearly examinations are also provided with support services which assist them in locating medical providers.

Family Planning

Professional family planning services are available to all recipients of Medicaid. Board provides information and literature on these services through the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) staff.

Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

MLTSS provides home care to disabled Medicaid beneficiaries meeting the income, asset, and nursing facility level of care requirements established by Medicaid, who otherwise would be unable to safely live in the community. MLTSS is designed to expand home- and community based services and includes assistance for persons with traumatic brain injuries, AIDS, and those requiring hospice services. Case management services are provided by the Managed Care Organization. MLTSS also provides comprehensive services and supports, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, in community residential services, or in a nursing home.

Medicaid Extension

Extended Medicaid benefits are available to families who lose eligibility for Medicaid due to employment-related criteria based upon the income standards and methodologies in effect for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program as of July 16, 1996. Thus, Extended Medicaid benefits will begin with the loss of Work First New Jersey cash assistance only when that loss is coincident with the loss of Medicaid eligibility under the July 16, 1996, Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program income standards and methodologies.

Medicaid Only

Medicaid Only is available to the aged, blind, and disabled residents of Ocean County. Eligible individuals may reside in the community, an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or may be confined to a general or rehabilitation hospital. Eligibility is based on the applicant's income, as well as resource guidelines which relate to the individual's living arrangements.

Medicaid Special

Medicaid Special is designed to provide adequate medical care for children under the age of 21. Financial eligibility is based on the income and resources of the individual and/or his or her parents. The income of the spouse is also considered if married.

Medically Needy

The Medically Needy Program provides limited medical benefits to New Jersey residents who may not be able to afford health care services but have income and/or assets that are too high for them to qualify for Medicaid. Medically Needy provides assistance for persons in the community who are not otherwise Medicaid eligible. The Medically Needy Program is unique in that if the income of the household exceeds the standard, the client may spend down their income and attain eligibility if they have outstanding medical bills.

NJ FamilyCare (NJFC)

The NJ FamilyCare Program (NJFC) provides health insurance for families, single adults, and childless couples as well as pregnant women who are unable to afford prenatal care. Eligible women receive health care coverage during their pregnancy and for one year following delivery or the date on which the pregnancy ends. Health care and immunizations are also provided for eligible infants and children. Applicants must meet program income guidelines. There is no resource limit in determining financial eligibility. On January 1, 2023, the Cover All Kids program was launched, providing health care coverage to all income eligible children up to age 19, regardless of immigration status.

NJ FamilyCare Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD) Programs

Low-income individuals aged 65 and over or individuals who meet the Social Security Administration guidelines for disability or blindness are eligible for the Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) segment of the NJ FamilyCare (NJFC) Program.

NJ WorkAbility Program

This is a state and federally funded program that provides Medicaid benefits to permanently disabled individuals over the age of 16 who are employed either full or part time. Financial eligibility is determined using the individual's earned income while disregarding their Social Security disability benefits. A disability determination, prior to age 65, either from the Social Security Administration or the Disability Review Team of the New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services is required.

Plan First

Plan First is a limited benefit program, which provides family planning services only. The program is designed to provide a full range of family planning services to men and women who do not have access through insurance. The Plan First Program does not provide minimum essential health care coverage, such as physicals.

Voter Registration
(732) 349-1500

The National Voter Registration Act was implemented in New Jersey. Accordingly, staff offer all applicants/clients the opportunity to register to vote at each application, address change, recertification, or redetermination interview. Completed voter registration applications are mailed to the Ocean County Board of Elections weekly.