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Iowa Medicaid Program


What is Iowa Medicaid Program?

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. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. Iowa Medicaid offers different types of coverage based on age, whether someone is a parent, pregnant woman, aged, blind, disabled, currently or formerly in foster care, has breast or cervical cancer, or is aged 19-64 and not receiving Medicare coverage and not a parent or caretaker of a minor child. The Iowa Department of Human Services completes an eligibility determination and gives the most complete coverage for which someone qualifies. Some coverage groups do require a small monthly premium that the member must pay.

A wide range of medical and health care services are available through the Medicaid program. Primary services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital, and long-term care. Additional coverage includes prescription drugs, medical equipment, transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, and other medical services. These services are covered only if they are medically necessary. Most Medicaid members are covered under one of the managed care plans. Medicaid members must receive services through the provider network of the Managed Care Organizations (MCO) that they are enrolled in. Some services covered by Medicaid do require a small co-payment that the member must pay.


Iowa Medicaid Program is administered by Iowa.

Program Requirements

Qualification Requirements Last Updated on 2025-03-01

To be eligible for Iowa Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Iowa, a U.S. citizen or national, legal permanent resident, or qualified alien, and whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. Some individuals also must be under a certain asset test in order to qualify. Income levels vary by coverage group and are higher for children as well as the aged, blind, and disabled.

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

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,030
2 $27,186
3 $34,341
4 $41,496
5 $48,652
6 $55,807
7 $62,963
8 $70,118

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,155 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

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