“Ribicoff Children” refers to a special Medicaid coverage group (F12) for 19 and 20 year olds who meet income and asset limits. Asset limits are as follows: family of one – $2000; family of 2 – $3000; and for each additional family member (beyond 2), add $100 per person up to $3000. Income limits are approximately 2/3 of the Federal Poverty Level.
Parents’ income is counted if the 19 or 20 year old child lives with the parents or if the child has the same permanent address as the parents. Exceptions include a child who is living in a shelter and a college student who lives in a dorm. If the permanent address is the same as the parents, than the child can be considered a “Ribicoff Kid.” A child’s permanent address might be determined by where a college or university sends tuition bills. Income and assets of college students who rent their own residence can be counted separately from their parents’ income and assets, but all cash contributions for the student’s living expenses are counted as income.
Eligibility for people who are not U.S. citizens is complicated and dependent upon several factors. All interested persons who are not U.S. citizens should call Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) to check eligibility.
This Medicaid coverage group is named “Ribicoff Children” after the Connecticut Senator who authored the federal legislation providing this coverage.
Anyone who has high medical bills or who is anticipating a major medical expense is encouraged to apply for Medicaid, because, even when income is over the limit, they may be able to qualify for Medicaid under the DSS Spend Down Program.
Apply for all Medicaid programs at DSS regional offices and suboffices.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by program name: Ribicoff Kids Medicaid Coverage Group
SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Social Services
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2017