Idaho Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan (MMCP) -  For Dual Eligible ID Seniors  

Program Description

The Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan (MMCP), as the name suggests, coordinates both Medicare and Medicaid Services for dual eligible Idaho residents. A “Dual eligible” individual is a recipient of both Medicare (Parts A, B, & D) and Medicaid coverage. While this program is available to adults 21 years of age and older, this program is most relevant to seniors.

MMCP is intended to coordinate one’s Medicaid and Medicare benefits into one system, streamlining the process of receiving services, as well as managing the costs of services. A number of benefits, such as medical, behavioral health, dental, and prescription drugs, are available via MMCP, as well as long-term care services, such as adult day care, chore / homemaker services, respite care, etc., via Idaho’s Home and Community Based Services Aged and Disabled Waiver.

Unfortunately, MMCP is not currently available statewide. At the time of this writing, it is available in the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Bonneville, Cassia, Canyon, Clark, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Jefferson, Kootenai, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Power, and Twin Counties. Depending on the county in which one resides, one’s health plan is either through Blue Cross of Idaho (The MMCP program is called True Blue Special Needs Plan) or Molina Healthcare of Idaho (The MMCP program is referred to as Molina Medicare Options Plus).

 

Eligibility Guidelines

In order to be eligible for MMCP, the following requirements must be met:

  • Be a resident of Idaho
  • Be 21 years of age or older (note that unless one is disabled, the Medicare age requirement is 65)
  • Receive Medicare Parts A, B & D
  • Receive Medicaid coverage - Medicaid eligibility is complicated, but generally speaking, senior Idaho residents must meet income and asset qualifications. As of 2018, those who are aged (65 years of age and older), blind or disabled, have an income limit of 78% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is currently $789 / month. Assets are limited to $2,000, but several assets are exempt, meaning they do not count toward Medicaid’s asset limit. Examples include one’s home, given the applicant or their spouse lives in the home and it is not valued over $858,000, household items, personal effects, and an automobile. For those who require long-term care services via the Aged and Disabled Waiver, the income limit is higher at $2,250 / month, as of 2018. The asset limit remains $2,000.
  • Must live in one of the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Bonneville, Cassia, Canyon, Clark, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Jefferson, Kootenai, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Power, or Twin Counties.

There are no restrictions as to the living arrangement of program participants. For instance, they may live in their own home, the home of a relative, an adult foster care home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.

 

Benefits and Services

Through the Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan, care coordination is provided, in addition to all services available under Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D, as well as a variety of Medicaid services. Below is a list of services one might receive via MMCP.

  • Hospital / Medical Care
  • Personal Care Services
  • Aged & Disabled Medicaid Waiver Services
  • Behavioral Health Services 
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Community Based Rehabilitation Services 
  • Dental Care
  • Prescription Drugs

In addition to these services, supplemental services are also available based on one’s health plan. These services might include vision exams, transportation, nutrition counseling, over-the-counter medications, gym membership, transitional meal services, and podiatry care.

 

How to Apply / Learn More

Applicants not currently on Medicaid must first apply for Medicaid. One can do so via their local Department of Health & Welfare Office.  For additional information on the Idaho Medicare Medicaid Coordinated Plan, click here.

To apply for MMCP, dually eligible applicants need to call the health plan that’s available in their region.

Blue Cross of Idaho 1- 888-495-2585 (Services the following areas: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Boise, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Cassia, Canyon, Clark, Elmore, Fremont, Gem, Jefferson, Kootenai, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Power, and Twin Falls)

Molina Healthcare of Idaho 1-844-2394913 (Services the following areas: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Bonner, Bonneville, Canyon, Kootenai, Nez Perce, and Twin Falls).