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.”
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 HealthCare.gov to find out if you may qualify for Medicaid.
Visit Medicaid.gov for details about Medicaid policies and program requirements in every state.
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.