Medicaid has provided medical assistance to certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources since 1965. It is a cooperative effort between the States and the federal government, allowing each State to:
- Establish eligibility standards
- Determine the type, amount, duration, and scope of services
- Set the rate of payment for services
- Administer the program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for Medicaid?
You can apply for Medicaid online, by mail, by fax, or in person. Click here for more information regarding each of these application methods.
Q: Is there a program available to those whose monthly income exceeds the limit for Medicaid?
Yes, it is called The Medically Needy Program or The "Spenddown" Program. Click here for more information regarding this program.
Q: Are there programs for children or pregnant adults?
Yes, click here for more information.
Q: Is there a state health insurance plan for children? How do I know if my child qualifies?
Yes, it is called CHIP. Children qualify for CHIP based on income and family size. For example, a family of four earning up to $38,700 per year may qualify. In addition, children must be under age 19, U.S. citizens or legal residents, and not be covered by other health insurance.