The purpose of Indigent Services is to provide limited and temporary assistance to Shoshone County residents for the payment of some non-medical and medical expenses. Assistance from Shoshone County is required to be "as a last resort" only, or when no alternative exists. All counties in Idaho, including Shoshone County, will require repayment of any taxpayer funds used to assist a county resident under these laws.
Before assistance can be provided, however, certain requirements will have to be met and the applicant must present him/herself for an interview and must be prepared to provide personal information regarding the applicant's living situation, income, assets of all types, insurance, resources, and much more. Once this information has been gathered, a Service Worker will conduct a thorough investigation to substantiate the data and then make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial.
Idaho law provides that an automatic lien is created on all real and personal property of those who file an application for county medical assistance under these laws.
There is no fee to file an application for assistance.