Managing Agency Iowa

Program Description

Medicaid is a program that pays for covered medical and health care costs of people who qualify. The Medicaid program is funded by Federal and state government and is managed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. A wide range of medical and health care services is available through the Medicaid program. These services are covered only if they are medically necessary. Most Medicaid members are covered under one of three managed care plans (MCOs). Medicaid members must receive services through the provider network of the MCO that they are enrolled in. Some services covered by Medicaid do require a small co-payment that the member must pay. 

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Iowa, 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. .

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $16,040
2 $21,599
3 $27,159
4 $32,718
5 $38,277
6 $43,837
7 $49,396
8 $54,956

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,559 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

If you want to apply for Medicaid, click on the link below for an application:

The county DHS office serving your county is also listed in the State or County Government section of your local phone book, under "Department of Human Services" or just "Human Services".

You may also contact the DHS Contact Center at:

Any county DHS office can answer questions about the programs and services described here. You can also get an application form from any county Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Click on the link below to find the location of the county DHS office nearest you:

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