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Iowa Medicaid Program Benefits

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, state, and local governments 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. Medicaid members have free choice of a doctor, dentist, pharmacy, and other providers of services. However, in many counties, some people covered by Medicaid are required to get certain medical services through a managed health care provider (either a health maintenance organization (HMO) or a Medi PASS provider or Iowa Wellness Plan provider). These people have the opportunity to select a provider, however, if they do not select one they will be assigned to a provider. A provider that chooses to participate in the Medicaid program must accept the payments that Medicaid makes and make no additional charges to the member for services covered under the program. However, some services covered by Medicaid do require a small co-payment be paid.

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. .

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".
Or: 1-800-972-2017
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: