Program Description

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The federal government provides a portion of the funding for Medicaid and sets guidelines for the program. Medicaid programs vary from state to state. They may also have different names, like “Medical Assistance” or “Medi-Cal.”

General Program Requirements

Each state has different options that can affect eligibility. Many states have expanded their Medicaid programs, so even if you didn’t qualify for Medicaid before, you might be eligible now, depending on your household income, family size, disability, and other factors. You must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a permanent resident. Visit to find out if you may qualify for Medicaid.

Visit for details about Medicaid policies and program requirements in every state.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

You can apply for Medicaid through the Health Insurance Marketplace or directly with your state Medicaid agency. To apply through the Marketplace, visit the application website to create a Marketplace account and complete an application.

Program Contact Information

To find out whether you’re eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, contact your state Medicaid office. Visit the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to get the phone number for your state Medicaid office.

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