Keeping Medicaid After Marriage

If I get married and keep my last name can Medicaid find out?

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

You are identified by your social security number. If you are trying to disguise the fact that you now have a higher income and no longer qualify, there will be serious penalties if you are found out

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

I believe you should rethink this matter as I'm sure you would not want to be guilty of fraud - especially considering Medicaid is a state and US government program.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, IRS, Food Stamps, HUD, health insurance (government and private) programs; to name a few - All of these agencies have the capability of conferring with each other concerning each individual and since this is done electronically it does not have to depend on someone reporting a problem.

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Almost everything legal in our lives is dependent on having a social security number - even your marriage license.

I'm believe you should consider the fact that Medicaid (all government programs) consider a couple living together the same as being married and all income within that household should be reported.
I'm not implying that everyone actually does report this but consider that when applying a person has to state if anyone else is living in the same household and if they say - no - then they may be considered committing fraud (even though they may not be married).
You also have to sign the statement that you will notify the agency of any change in your household income.
If the agency finds out about this extra income, they can demand repayment of funds they consider you "stole" as well as consider a fine or even imprisonment if they so decide/desire.

Now, I have no idea as to how often this happens but it can happen and it could be very serious.
If you have seriously given thought to this matter, then I'm sure you will do the correct and legal thing - report any changes.

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

There is a certain amount of days you have to notify medicaid if something changes like marriage would be considered one of them. You cannot hide anything from the government!

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May 12, 20190 found this helpful

There is absolutely nothing illegal, and has NEVER been illegal for a married woman to retain her maiden name. My sister and most of my friends have not taken their husband's last name.

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May 12, 20190 found this helpful

I do not believe anyone is saying she cannot keep her maiden name but if she marries she should notify Medicaid no matter what name she uses as most likely there will be an increase in income when she marries.

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She can retain her maiden name legally but it would be illegal to not notify Medicaid of her marriage.

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May 12, 20190 found this helpful

I am not understanding your question. First, blessings on your upcoming marriage. Wishing you all happiness!!

Are you asking if Medical Assistance needs to know you got married? The answer in most states is yes. This is called a life qualifying event in most states and insurance terms. It is important to do for many, many reasons.

Go to your state's Department of Health, Department of Public Welfare or Human Services or whichever agency provides your benefit and ask.

In some cases, I have known people where a life qualifying event gave the family access to even more benefits--like food stamps and help with heating bills-- because it doubled the size of the household and the income change did not go above the 2 person thresholds. It also sometimes helps if you have kids get them into a better SCHIP program (the children's insurance program).

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Every state is different, so you need to know your state's benefits and what they are looking for to determine benefits--is it household size (like who all lives in the dwelling)? Is it income? Is it disability? There are many variables.

Are you asking if they need to know you are keeping your name? I think that would be a state thing too...as your name needs to match your social security card--so as long as those two match, I am not sure what else they need to know about your name--but best to verify that with them. People who get married and change their name need to notify the social security administration, so I would think you have less paperwork to do since you aren't going down that path.

If you are not understanding your state's benefits, find your local state senator and go visit his or her office. They offer free (tax paid) services and can put all this government stuff into something that is easy to understand.

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Blessings to all!

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May 12, 20190 found this helpful

I, for one, believe she is asking if she can keep her last name and still keep her Medicaid benefits without reporting the added income which may disqualify her for Medicaid.
Will Medicaid find out? Maybe - maybe not, but why take the chance?

The answer is: It would be illegal (fraud) to not report any changes in her family such as marriage even if it does not change her family income.
What name she uses is not the issue.

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