Medically indigent adult

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Medically indigent adults "(MIAs)" in the health care system of the United States are persons who do not have health insurance and who are not eligible for other health care coverage, such as Medicaid, Medicare, or private health insurance. Those who are "medically indigent earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to purchase either health insurance or health care."[1][page needed]

Many states do not allow people access to Medicaid, even in cases of extreme poverty, if no minor children are present in the home and they have not proven they are disabled. These people have no recourse to government provided healthcare and must rely on private charitable health programs, if any exist, in their area.[2]

The term also applies to those incapable, mentally or physically, to perform certain acts in consideration with the position of financial level. Lack of capacity: financial, physical, as well as mental can be considered with verification, Medically indigent. In the United States this term is applied regardless of race, religion, creed, or ethnicity, an actual state of being, very close to a disability, yet on the border of seemingly or likely to be non-functionable at the time of decision making.[citation needed]

Government MIA programs at the state or county or municipal level may help MIAs access medical care by paying for all or part of the cost of their medical care. Such programs are typically of last resort, and are available only to those who meet the "last resort" socioeconomic eligibility standards.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Weitz, Rose (2007). The Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care: A Critical Approach (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompson/Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-495-17203-1. 
  2. ^ Tavernise, Sabrina; Gebeloff, Robert (3 October 2013). "Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law". Health. The New York Times.