Program DescriptionMedicaid provides payment for health care services on behalf of eligible low-income persons and individuals with limited income and high medical expenses. Payments are made directly to the health care providers for services, medications, and medical supplies. In some cases, persons may qualify for payment of medical services that were provided up to three months before the month in which a Medicaid application was submitted.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for the Medicaid benefit program, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania, a permanent resident for at least five years or a U.S. national or citizen in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. If your financial situation is characterized as very low income, you must also be pregnant, have a child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children age 18 or younger.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessFor more information, see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Medicaid program, contact the Welfare Helpline at: 1-800-692-7462
TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments 1-800-451-5886
To apply for Medicaid, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW website and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found on the Department of Public Welfare's County Assistance Office Contact Information page.
Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW website .
You may also apply online at the Compass website.