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County Indigent Assistance Program

Ways to Learn More

Speak with a licensed agent

(800) 984-8015


Application Instructions

You can apply for county assistance at the county courthouse or offices, or someone there can tell you where to go. You will need to bring with you all the papers proving your living expenses, monthly income, and the bills for which you are requesting assistance. Even if you are orally told the county does not or will not provide assistance for what you are requesting, always demand a written application and fill it out. If you are denied an application, consult an attorney.
You should be aware that upon application for medical assistance, the county will attach an automatic lien to all of your real and personal property and on all insurance benefits to which you may be entitled. You should also be aware that you and members of your household who are not fully employed but who are capable of employment can be required to file an application with the Department of Labor and to use your/their best efforts to seek employment. Those who quit their jobs may be denied assistance. If a person is unable to work for medical reasons, you may be required to submit a medical statement verifying your inability to work.
After the county has reviewed all your information, they will decide whether or not you are eligible for county assistance. This decision will be based on your family size, income, monthly expenses, resources, debts, and other factors. This decision must be in writing. If you are denied, the written notice must state the reasons why you were denied. If no reasons are given for the denial or if you disagree with the denial for other reasons, you should appeal and seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible.

Sign-Up Checklist

  1. Proof of Residency
  2. Proof of Medical Condition
  3. Proof of Income and Resources

Plan Summary

If you are indigent and cannot afford hospital and medical care, including medications, or basic necessities such as rent, food, and utilities, then the county is required by law to assist you in paying for them. This is a "last resort" program. This means that the county will pay for these services or necessities only if you have no other way of paying for them on a temporary basis. If, for example, you receive Medical Assistance through the state, then that program must pay for your hospital and medical bills.

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