Program Description

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides free or low-cost medical benefits to millions of Americans including some low-income families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and in some states, other adults. The federal government provides a portion of the funding for Medicaid and sets guidelines for the program. States also have choices in how they design their program, so Medicaid varies by state and may have a different name in your state.

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.

Improvements brought about by the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014. Read more details about the impact of this legislation in each state at


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 to create a Marketplace account and complete an application.

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: