Program DescriptionThe Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual state. Thus, a person who is eligible for Medicaid in one state may not qualify in another state. You must check with the Medicaid office in the state you live in to confirm your eligibility to receive benefits.
Medicaid is a joint Federal/state program administered by each individual state. Each state develops its own rules related to eligibility and coverage within broad Federal guidelines.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, have a child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children under 19 years of age.
States set individual eligibility criteria within federal minimum standards. For more information on Medicaid policies by state, please visit:
Improvements brought about by the Affordable Care Act will take full effect January 1, 2014. To read more about the impact of these changes, please visit:
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessFor more information on application procedure, please visit:
Program Contact Information
To find out whether you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, contact your state Medicaid office. Phone numbers for each state office can be obtained through this website: http://www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/
For general information about the Medicaid program, including eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp?